Feb 21, 2017

Concern Over White Supremacist Fliers Found on Berwick Lawns

Jayne Ann Bugda
PA Home Page
February 21, 2017

BERWICK, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A white supremacy group is trying once again  to recruit people to their Klan from our area.  They’re doing it through a well known technique – dropping leaflets on people’s lawns. One of the people who got a leaflet wants to send their own message – “You’re not welcome here.

Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler has the latest.

Nearly half a dozen of bags were thrown on lawns in the area of arbor street in berwick this past weekend. Inside? - rice and a Ku Klux Klan mission statement.

"What is this? I thought it was from another organization until I found out what it was."  Said Bette Grey, Berwick.

On Sunday, Bette Grey and her neighbors, who did not want appear on camera,  found the flyers, which are now in the possession of the Berwick police. But grey says they were identical to this  statement - found on the website of the “East Coast Knights of the True Invisible Empire”, an offshoot of the Ku Klux Klan.

The group is based in Maryland, but a hotline number rings in Harrisburg.

"When I see this kind of nonsense, it's really kind of sad and frightening."  Grey says there were several versions of the group’s message – this one asks “Where’s White History Month”?

 "i actually found this one Friday afternoon folded nice and neatly in this side yard over here."

 Grey raised her concern’s at Monday’s borough meeting and was told city officials  are taking it serious as this is the first time it the flyers have been found here.

 "The whole community as a whole needs to take a stand and we need to say that we are not going to tolerate this in our community." Added Grey

The Berwick Police Department says this is under investigation - but at the same time this falls under the group’s first amendment “free speech” protections.


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