Local Activist Taken Into Custody in Attempt to Remove Controversial Brick

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) A well-known political activist is arrested after trying to remove a hate group’s plaque from a monument in Wilkes-Barre.

 It happened Friday Morning on Public Square at the “Beehive Monument.”

Gene Stilp climbed up a ladder and made two attempts to remove a brick that was purchased by the East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire.  Officers pulled Stilp down when he tried to use a hammer and chisel — and then paint — to cover the brick.  

     Stilip was taken into custody and charges are pending.  He has been released.

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