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Hartford church claims they are victims of racist thefts

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The Unitarian Society of Hartford claims Black Lives Matter signs on their lawn were stolen 12 times since last August. (WFSB) The Unitarian Society of Hartford claims Black Lives Matter signs on their lawn were stolen 12 times since last August. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A Hartford church believes racism is to blame for the repeated theft of political signs on their property.

The Unitarian Society of Hartford claims Black Lives Matter signs on their lawn were stolen 12 times since last August.

They claim the last time the signs were stolen, they were replaced with a Donald Trump banner.

Channel 3's Erin Connolly spoke with church leaders who said the thefts have only made them try harder to spread their message.

 Reverend Cathy Rion Starr said they are trying to shed light on racial inequality--and people don't like it.

"We're being specifically targeted because we're proclaiming that black lives have not mattered for 500 years as much as my white life and that's not okay," said Rion Starr.

The church claims the last time the signs were stolen, they were replaced with a Donald Trump banner.

Rion Starr believes this year's presidential election has added fuel to the fire. 

"These signs and the theft of these signs is a symptom of a broader problem of racism and islamaphobia running rampant especially in this presidential campaign," said Rion Starr.

Although the church is considering getting security cameras, they hope the perpetrator will come forward.

"We would love to have a conversation. Come in and sit down," said Rion Starr.

In response to the thefts, the congregation will gather on Sunday at 9 a.m. to handout flowers to graduating University of Hartford students.

They said church members plan on bringing signs that read "#loveisunstoppable."

A police report has not been filed.

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