DA: No charges for distributor of KKK flyer
The person responsible for distributing Ku Klux Klan recruitment flyers in Dover Township and other areas in York County will not face criminal charges, according to the York County District Attorney's Office.
District Attorney Dave Sunday said in a news release Wednesday, Sept. 19, that the First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, and hateful speech, which is what was written in the flyers, can only be prosecuted if it is directed at producing or inciting "imminent lawless action."
"Although we will not be pursuing criminal charges, we do not condone such hateful messages," Sunday said in the release. "We stand committed to the pursuit of justice and working for a better York County."
Background: In August, flyers were spotted at Regal Cinemas at West Manchester Town Center.
The flyers were distributed by the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan on Aug. 11 in response to the Spike Lee movie "BlacKkKlansman," which portrays a black detective going undercover to infiltrate the KKK.
About a week later, Northern York County Regional Police said recruitment flyers were found in a Dover Township neighborhood.
At the end of August, the department identified the person, who told authorities that they were responsible for distributing flyers in York City and the Red Lion area as well.
After identifying the person, the department said officials were speaking to recipients of the flyers to determine charges.
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