A banner praising the Proud Boys hung just above I-95 North in Bangor on Saturday morning before police said it was removed.
The banner that reads “Proud Boys Are Everywhere” refers to the far-right group notorious for their extreme views and involvement in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. It hung over the Essex Street flyover on I-95, which was visible to drivers heading north for part of the Saturday and possibly earlier, said Shannon Moss, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
Maine State Police planned to remove the sign but learned it had been removed before they could, Moss said Monday. Posting banners on a freeway is a civil violation under Maine law, Moss said.
It is unclear who created or removed the sign. There was no sign of the banner on the flyover on Monday.
The Proud Boys seem to have some presence in Maine.
One chapter of the group with people from all over Maine had used Mathew’s Pub, a bar in Portland, as a meeting place, Mainer magazine reported in July. On Saturday there were protests in the bar against an alleged meeting of the Chapter on that day in the bar.
The Bangor banner was displayed around the time of the Justice for J6 rally in Washington, DC. The rally served in support of those arrested for participating in the Capitol attack, despite the Proud Boys leadership urging supporters not to attend.
In January, a handful of artisans picked up their items from a furniture store in Bangor after the owner asked for sweatshirts to be printed with the Proud Boys’ insignia.