UPDATED: KKK Group Distributes Literature in Bristow, Gainesville

| July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments | News

Image of birdseed bag distributed in New Bristow Village from Western Prince William Chatter.

UPDATE: July 9 at 3:45 p.m. 

Prince William County Police are investigating an incident of “suspicious pamphlets depicting hate propaganda at found at the ends of multiple driveways in the Gainesville and Bristow areas,” Sunday morning.

Officers responded to the incident July 8 at 8:28 a.m., after receiving a phone call.

“A caller reported to police that they had located a bag that contained birdseed and pamphlets that appeared to be recruiting material for the Ku Klux Klan,” said police spokesman Officer Nathan Probus.

According to Probus, bags appear to have been thrown at random driveways off Lee Highway between Carver Road and Old Carolina Road in Gainesville and also in the New Bristow Village neighborhood in the Bristow area.

Police believe the birdseed was used to weigh down plastic bags that were likely thrown from one or more vehicles.

“No suspicious persons or vehicles were reported in the area around this time,” said Probus. “The pamphlets did not contain any threats and did not appear to target anyone specific in the neighborhood.”

No property damage was reported.

A similar incident occurred on April 28 in the 4500 block of Forestburg Lane in Triangle, said police. In that instance residents also received pamphlets with anti-semitic and anti-African American verbiage that were delivered via bags filled with bird seed.

The investigation continues.

Original Article: July 9 at 12:30 p.m. 

Several plastic bags containing Loyal White Knights KKK literature were found in New Bristow Village, Sunday morning, according to residents.

The two flyers target Jewish people, African Americans and immigrants. They also aim to solicit new people to join the Loyal White Knights.

One flyer contained a message of Holocaust denial.

The second flyer, entitled “WHITE SUPREMACY MADE AMERICA GREAT!” contained a white-supremacist message that was both explicitly anti-black and anti-Jewish.

The message used the “N-word” and other derogatory terms and historical racists/anti-semitic quotes. It also called for white people to boycott Starbucks.

The Loyal White Knights are a recognized hate organization formed in 2012 and fashioned after the original KKK. They claim to be a non-violent, pro-white and pro-Christian movement.

Members participated in the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville that became violent and killed one woman.

The bags also contained birdseed, possibly to keep them from flying away.

One New Bristow Village resident said he reported the material to police, who said they plan to release information shortly.

Other neighborhoods have reportedly received similar hate literature recently, including neighborhoods in Prince William County and Fauquier County.

According to Potomac Local similar propaganda was distributed in Triangle in April, also weighed down by birdseed, which possibly connects the two incidents.

UPDATE 2: July 10 at 5 p.m. 

The Prince William NAACP also condemned the flyers. In a statement, Monday, the organization questioned why Prince William Board of County Chairman Corey Stewart, who is the Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate, has been silent on the issue. The statement also referenced Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson (R) since the flyers were distributed in her district.

Lawson issued a statement condemning the fliers in a statement on social media, Tuesday:

Lawson’s statement on KKK fliers as per Facebook:

This weekend, western Prince William County was targeted by hate mongers seeking to incite hatred and divide our community. I condemn these despicable acts in the strongest terms. I have been in constant contact with the Prince William County police and have been assured by the police and federal law enforcement that they will leave no stone unturned and will use all available tools to find those responsible. As this Board unanimously proclaimed on June 26, Prince William is a hate free and bigot free zone. There is no place for repulsive rhetoric like this in our county, commonwealth or country.

 

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