Flyer Martin Luther King Day

A flyer found in Hillsboro Sunday morning was weighed down with birdseed.

For the second year in a row, Loudoun residents have woken to find Ku Klux Klan flyers the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The Loudoun Chapter of the NAACP sent out a statement about the flyers this morning, and local officials affirmed Monday's MLK March in Leesburg will go on as planned. 

"While we understand the intent of the KKK is to terrorize, we refuse to give in to any grounds of progress and be distracted by their futile efforts. We will march forward together and work toward reconciliation and unity," the Loudoun NAACP said in a statement.

The NAACP also said it is working with Attorney General Mark Herring (D), Loudoun Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Phyllis Randall, the Leesburg Police Department and other elected offices to craft a hate crime ordinance that could make leafleting a prosecutable crime.

The Loudoun County observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day will begin with a 9 a.m. community dialogue with youth and elders at the lobby of the Douglass School. 

A march will begin with a prayer at 10:15 a.m. at the Loudoun County Courthouse, and marchers will proceed to the Douglass School for refreshments and a program of entertainment and remembrance.

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office investigated the reports of KKK propaganda fliers found in the front yards of homes along Charles Town Pike from Paeonian Springs to the West Virginia state line on Sunday.

LCSO deputies canvassed the area and found over 80 fliers. LCSO officials said there's no indication any households were targeted. The Leesburg Police Department investigated similar flyers found within town limits.

Recruitment flyers distributed last year and in the fall of 2017 were connected with an out-of-state cell of the KKK, officials previously confirmed.

LCSO asks that anyone with information about these cases, or with possible surveillance video, to please call LCSO Detective Hacay at 703-777-1021, or submit a tip through the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office app.

The Loudoun Sheriff app is available on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

(7) comments

c3vink

The people making these flyers are obviously inbred morons, but I would defend their right to spew whatever garbage they like, save for threats or targeted harassment. Just /ignore and move on, no need to make an idiotic law that wastes hundreds of thousands in taxpayer money on a court case we would be bound to lose and an impingement on our constitutional freedoms.

Chris McHale

While I don't agree with what is in the flyers, I also don't agree with pushing this as a crime. We as Americans have the RIGHT to free speech, even speech we disagree with. People should do exactly what I do every week when I see the LTM in my driveway, pick it up and throw it in the garbage can.

debbbie

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” -MLK
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear." -MLK
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'' -MLK

Loudoun4Trump

Democrats were awful to MLK and all African Americans in the south...

Waterfordresident

Really...just the last two years? A simple Google search revealed this happening every year. I found local articles going back to 2005 reporting the same thing happening. But I guess this site needs to push their agenda to make people believe this all of a sudden started when President Trump came to office. I’ve lived here for 11 years and this happens every year. Nice try LTM, but congratulations on another failed article. Maybe you and BuzzFeed can collaborate on your next article.

ChucklesTheClown

Why don’t you use Google to find this?

“Reported hate crimes in America rose 17 percent last year, the third consecutive year that such crimes increased, according to newly released FBI data”

LoudounPulse

LCSO should give the flyer to the FBI so they can ID the make/model of printer or typewriter that created the flyer and trace back who bought it. The same with the bird seed and the plastic bag. Maybe even pulling the cellular log records to see what phones where in the area and moving down the street. Eventually a number of leads will cross reference to ID somebody.

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