Police Say Cop's Halloween Display Is Not Racist Despite Neighbor's Complaint

Weirton Police Officer Sam Krzys has been decorating his yard the same way for 15 years, but now a neighbor complained.

Weirton, WV – A Weirton police officer became the subject of an internal investigation by his police department after some residents complained that his Halloween decorations were racist.

Photos of the display outside Weirton Police Officer Sam Krzys’ home went viral on Saturday, Heavy.com reported.

One of the props in Officer Krzys’ yard was a jumpsuit-clad alien that was hanging from a tree with a rope around its neck.

Concerned neighbors sent the officer a letter asking him to remove that portion of his outdoor display, Heavy.com reported.

“These elements bring to mind such cruelty and terror that it has caused fears and tears from some of the smaller children on the street – as well as uncomfortable feelings from some of the adults,” the letter read.

“Would you please consider removing that particular decoration? We realize you may not share any of the feelings expressed in this letter, and that is your property to do as you please. However, it would be greatly appreciated by many of your new neighbors,” the officer’s neighbor wrote.

Officer Krzys allegedly smeared the letter with fake blood and attached it to the hanging prop, Heavy.com reported.

He then posted a photo that showed him standing next to the hanging dummy with the note affixed to it.

“Well this should hurt some feelings!!!!” he wrote, according to Heavy.com “Neighborhood welcome the crazy Krzys clan with open arms!!!”

The Weirton Police Department (WPD) released a statement at the conclusion of its internal investigation into the 10-year department veteran.

“After weighing the evidence of each side, [the WPD] has concluded that our officer’s incident has been spun into a situation of intended racism is absolutely not the case,” the statement read, according to WTRF.

“The yard decoration prop is an alien hanging from a tree, that was cropped out to show it individually, and was not pictured with the rest of the yard Halloween decorations that were displayed in the same yard,” the department noted. “It is this officer’s off-duty hobby of working with various haunted houses in assisting them with decorating for the Halloween season.”

The WPD said that Officer Krzys has been displaying the hanging alien, as well as a multitude of other decorations, in his yard for the past 15 years.

“The totality of the situation needs to be aired to show that this was not an isolated incident of disrespect towards anyone,” the department added.

Some of Officer Krzys' neighbors said they have no problem with the officer's yard decor.

"I just don't think it was mean-spirited," Maryruth Julian told WTRF. "I just think it was all for fun and I think people have just kinda blown it out of proportion."

"I think it's a sign of the time of political correctness," John Matysiak told the news outlet. "There is no sense of humor for people. All it takes is one opposing idea, and now it becomes a taboo for society."

Comments (51)
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Thinblueline
Thinblueline

So, did aliens complain? I’m confused on the racism part.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

How dare a Halloween decoration cause fear in young children!!! I'm offended that someone was offended!!!

4john29
4john29

Yet another sign of snowflakes gone wild. Dumb asses.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I like the officer's response to his neighbors complaint. Give these people the double finger salute..

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

People with too much free time tend to expect everyone else to apply the same discounted value to daily activities. Complaining is not in itself of any value, and the same goes for being offended. Finding identity in being a victim is not brave - it’s an attempt to offset how lousy it feels to hold yourself in contempt. Its good to this nonsense wasn’t submitted to.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Gotta love these anonymous letters that claim to speak for "many of your new neighbors." It caused young children to cry, and adults to have uncomfortable feelings.

LOL.

hoss377
hoss377

That bring to mind a neighbor that has hung a skeleton from his tree for 20 years,a month ago some millennials asked him to take it down as it was offensive,he refused,but had the sense to set up a camera.A week later one of the concerned was arrested for trespassing and destruction of property,he went to jail,and a new skeleton went up.

JBo
JBo

ETLM

Extra Terrestrial Lives Matter

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

I like how the "new neighbor" has moved in and decided that everyone else is doing it wrong.

Patriot63
Patriot63

Those over sensitive political correct individuals need to get a life. Get in touch with reality and start taking things at face value and stop looking for ways to read something else into things. Get a life.

YOWHIP
YOWHIP

You libs have no sense of humor and are way to sensitive

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

@LEO0301 That's not a very "Christlike" response is it officer?

TommyBoy66
TommyBoy66

The “Small Children” are being taught the BS by the parents!

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

"Caused fear and tears … and uncomfortable feelings …" LOL. Teachable moment neighbors. You may not like his display, but it's his yard, he has the right to do it. And he is not required to ensure you and your kids are not offended. Don't look at it.

Vrodgirl
Vrodgirl

Political correctness run amuck. If this type of thing offends you move to California. You'll fit right in.

CinGuz
CinGuz

I swear people want to bitch & be "offended" so they look like right fighters. Good God people have been hung since the biblical times. What's next? My Nativity scene at Christmas.

chessie58
chessie58

Maybe next year, he can make the hanging aiien motion activated.

Suz
Suz

Well... I’m no snowflake and I’m certainly no liberal or any semblance of one and I can certainly understand the argument about it NOT being racist. However, in today’s world with so much child suicide (some by hanging) I can understand a parent’s concern. Same goes with the Halloween decoration a few years back of a dummy (depicting a seemingly bloodied man smashed under a car.) Believe me, the racist accusation has worn me out along with others; but, I really am not seeing this in that light. Actually, I don’t see me having it in the first place. There’s so many other ways to decorate. If for no other reason than impressionable children, I would remove it. Throw a few bullies in the mix and this could give them images they don’t need.

xxcloroxx
xxcloroxx

Good for him!

NealZ
NealZ

fukn pussies everywhere now

Yuri 54
Yuri 54

I'm from there and the area is run by Democrats that used to be the old school working class types. I guess they moved up to the new type Democrat there. I went off to the service, came back in time to watch the mill lay off more people, I left and went back in to the service and never looked back. I still have relatives up there and visit, but living there...no thanks.