Police ID distributor of KKK recruitment flyers
Northern York County Regional Police have identified the person responsible for distributing Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyers in Dover Township and other areas in York County, the department said in a news release.
The department had said that recruitment flyers were found in a Dover Township neighborhood the weekend of Aug. 18. Police were looking to identify those responsible for littering.
On Wednesday, Aug. 29, the department said that tips led them to the person who distributed the flyers. That person also admitted to placing the flyers in West Manchester Township, York City and the Red Lion area, police said.
Officials are speaking to those who received the flyers to determine charges, the release states. The person's name has not been released.
Background: Two Dover Township residents called police the morning of Sunday, Aug. 19, to report finding plastic baggies that held a bit of birdseed, for weight, and literature about joining the KKK, Deputy Chief David Lash told The York Dispatch at the time.
"The responding officer actually took it upon himself to go around the neighborhood and collect as many of these as he could find before people had the chance to call about them," Lash said. "A lot of the people don't even know these were thrown in their driveways."
The officer rounded up about 20 such baggies from Englewood Court, Oakley Drive, Hilton Avenue, Brookside Drive, Dovington Avenue and the Brownstone Development, the deputy chief said.
Lash described them as recruitment flyers. He said the literature itself — which is protected by the First Amendment — used no racial epithets, made no threats and didn't disparage any specific groups of people.
"They were not outwardly offensive ... other than being from the White Knights of America," Lash said.
Although their message is legal, littering is not, Lash said.
"It's scattering rubbish, because some of the flyers were found along the roadway and on the roadway," he said.
Any additional residents who may have received the flyers are asked to report it to police at 717-467-8355 or through the tipline, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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