Baltimore Police were called to the 1400 block of Riverside Avenue in South Baltimore on Feb. 3 for reports of KKK recruitment flyers. It is the third time since September that flyers from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan have been found in the neighborhood.
Baltimore City Councilman Eric Costello (D-District 11) condemned the act via Twitter on Feb. 5.
“This is a cowardly act and the pathetic people behind this should be ashamed of themselves,” he tweeted. “Racism and hatred, and this trash, have no place in our City.”
Once again, someone has littered sidewalks on the South Baltimore Peninsula with racist propaganda. This is a cowardly act and the pathetic people behind this should be ashamed of themselves. Racism and hatred, and this trash, have no place in our City. pic.twitter.com/33uh0dyg8J
— Eric Costello (@CouncilmanETC) February 6, 2019
Detectives from the police department’s criminal intelligence section are investigating the incident, police spokesman Det. Jeremy Silbert said.
The flyer, in a plastic bag weighed down by gravel like the previous flyers, had a mugshot of Martin Luther King Jr. and referred to him as “puppet of the Jew” and “a communist alcoholic pervert.”
Baltimore Jewish Council Executive Director Howard Libit has been encouraged by the response.
“As deplorable as it is, the swift and strong response led by the local leadership and the community is gratifying,” he said. “Councilman Costello has been clear that it’s not acceptable there, and the neighbors are also clear it’s not who the community is.”
Similar KKK flyers were found in the Riverside/Locust Point neighborhoods in September and October, and in Ellicott City and Carroll County in November.
The incidents come as the number of hate crimes has spiked across the county over last year, according to 2017 FBI hate crimes statistics.