Po­lice in­ves­ti­gate racist fliers in Alexan­dria area

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - BY MARTIN WEIL martin.weil@wash­post.com

Racist fliers were found Satur­day in at least two Alexan­dria neigh­bor­hoods, prompt­ing dis­may and in­dig­na­tion from res­i­dents and of­fi­cials, who dis­avowed the mes­sages con­veyed and called them un­prece­dented.

Some fliers were posted on util­ity poles or stuck un­der car wind­shield wipers in the Del Ray area, where “they be­came quite the talk of the neigh­bor­hood,” said com­mu­nity ac­tivist Gayle Reuter. “They are so dis­gust­ing,” she said.

The mes­sages, sug­gest­ing that whites were be­ing driven from their own coun­try, “couldn’t be any far­ther from what the in­clu­sive Del Ray area is about,” she said.

The fliers, also found in the north Old Town area, were “clearly not rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Alexan­dria,” said Craig Fifer, spokesman for the city.

He said he had lived in Alexan­dria for 13 years, and “these are some­thing I haven’t seen be­fore.”

Crys­tal Nosal, spokes­woman for the Alexan­dria po­lice, said the po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing.

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