'HOPE' Poster Artist Arrested in LA for Detroit Graffiti

He went straight to jail after flying in from Europe
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2015 2:06 AM CDT
'HOPE' Poster Artist Arrested in LA for Detroit Graffiti
Shepard Fairey leaves federal court after he entered a guilty plea on a misdemeanor charge in a 2012 case.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

Detroit is apparently a lot tougher on graffiti than Shepard Fairey bargained for: The street artist was arrested at LAX this week on his return from Europe and spent the night in jail after authorities discovered he was wanted in Detroit for posting unauthorized stickers, reports the Detroit News. Fairey, who is best known for creating the Obama "HOPE" poster, was freed after city authorities decided the case was too low-level to seek his extradition from California, the News reports, though a police spokesman tells the Detroit Free Press that they're working with his lawyer to get him to turn himself in on charges of malicious destruction of property. (Read more Shepard Fairey stories.)

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