KKK re­cruit­ing with candy in O. C.

Fuller­ton po­lice in­ves­ti­gate fliers cir­cu­lated in two neigh­bor­hoods.

Los Angeles Times - - THE STATE - By Veron­ica Rocha veron­ica.rocha@latimes.com

The Ku Klux Klan is back to de­liv­er­ing a bit­ter mes­sage with a sweet con­fec­tion.

In Jan­uary, on the Martin Luther King Jr. hol­i­day, the KKK left f liers pro­mot­ing the white su­prem­a­cist or­ga­ni­za­tion around a Santa Ana neigh­bor­hood. Each f lier was tucked in a plas­tic bag along with a rock and candy.

Now, Fuller­ton po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing KKK f liers, also pack­aged with candy, found in two neigh­bor­hoods on Sun­day.

About 100 f liers stuffed in­side plas­tic bag­gies with a small rock and a Toot­sie Pop were dis­cov­ered on the lawns of homes in the 400 block of West Amerige Av­enue and the 200 block of North Yale Av­enue, ac­cord- ing to Fuller­ton po­lice Sgt. Kathryn Hamel.

The pho­to­copied f liers ask res­i­dents to join the Or­ange County KKK, and they crit­i­cize blacks, Lati­nos and Jewish peo­ple.

Although no threats were made, Fuller­ton po­lice plan to in­ves­ti­gate the f liers to en­sure against “ad­di­tional ac­tiv­ity that rises to the level of a crime or public safety con­cern.”

The KKK’s re­cruit­ment drive us­ing candy has been used in var­i­ous states, in­clud­ing Texas, New York and Alabama, as well as Cal­i­for­nia.

Fuller­ton po­lice said two sim­i­lar f liers were re­cently cir­cu­lated through­out Or­ange County. The f irst was re­ported in Or­ange last year, then it was fol­lowed by the Jan­uary in­ci­dent in Santa Ana, Hamel said.

Ac­cord­ing to the 2013 OC Hu­man Re­la­tions Com­mis­sion re­port, hate crimes in Or­ange County fell nearly 20% that year. The com­mis­sion logged 49 hate crimes in 2013.

That year, a Mus­lim woman had her hi­jab torn from her head while her at­tack­ers screamed racial ep­i­thets; a syn­a­gogue was de­faced with swastikas, and an African Amer­i­can man was choked while his at­tacker used a racial ep­i­thet.

The new hate crimes re­port will be re­leased in Au­gust.

Any­one with de­tails about the f liers is urged to call Or­ange County Crime Stop­pers at ( 855) 847- 6227.

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