Howard County Police are reporting at least 40 Ku Klux Klan flyers were found scattered in the Ellicott City Main Street area on Saturday night and some Carroll County residents discovered similar leaflets on their properties on Sunday, according to the Carroll County Times.
Police said the flyers were found along the road and didn’t appear to target “any person, vehicle, residence or business.”
“The flyers do not appear to be specific to Howard County and have reportedly been discovered in other areas outside of the county,” Howard County police said in a Facebook post, urging anyone who discovers such flyers in Howard County to call police at 410-313-2200 to report the location before disposing of them. “If you have a doorbell camera video that may have captured the person or people responsible, or the vehicle they were driving, please notify police. The police department denounces these hateful acts and is continuing to actively investigate.”
The Jewish Federation of Howard County and its Jewish Community Relations Council released a statement saying that they “condemn all hate actions and continue to monitor acts of hatred that affect our community members. Thank you to the Howard County Police Department, Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman and Jon Weinstein — Howard County Council for their quick response to this issue.”
In Carroll County, an Eldersburg resident discovered a flyer on his driveway Sunday evening, according to the Carroll County Times. The flyers, distributed throughout his neighborhood and in Sykesville, were inside baggies weighted with birdseed. Similar KKK flyers were distributed recently in Locust Point in Baltimore and in Anne Arundel County. In addition, last week racist and anti-Semitic graffiti was found in a dorm bathroom at Goucher College in Towson.
The incidents come as the number of hate crimes has spiked across the county over last year, according to newly released 2017 FBI hate crimes statistics.
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