Dozens of KKK fliers found in Glen Burnie neigh­bor­hood

The Capital - - ANNE ARUNDEL - By Danielle Ohl twit­

Anne Arun­del County po­lice re­sponded Satur­day to re­ports of fliers pro­mot­ing the Ku Klux Klan found strewn in a Glen Burnie neigh­bor­hood.

A dog-walker re­ported find­ing a flier near the in­ter­sec­tion of Dorch­ester Road and Wash­ing­ton Av­enue in Glen Burnie, and po­lice re­sponded around 11:50 a.m. The 30 to 40 fliers were in­side bags of gravel, likely to weigh them down, and ly­ing in peo­ple’s front yards, said po­lice spokesman Lt. Ryan Frashure.

The county po­lice Home­land Se­cu­rity and In­tel­li­gence Unit is not re­leas­ing pho­tos of the fliers yet, but de­scribed them as KKK pro­pa­ganda.

Though the con­tents of the flier are cov­ered un­der the First Amend­ment’s free­dom of speech pro­tec­tions, they are “highly of­fen­sive,” Frashure said, and the de­part­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing their source. There are no sus­pects thus far.

The HSI de­tec­tives will look for sur­veil­lance video to de­ter­mine the peo­ple re­spon­si­ble for the fliers. The in­ci­dent is not be­ing treated as a hate or bias in­ci­dent, as the per­son who called po­lice did not re­port it as such.

A neigh­bor­hood in South Bal­ti­more en­coun­tered two sim­i­lar in­ci­dents in Oc­to­ber. River­side res­i­dents twice woke up to find KKK pro­pa­ganda dis­trib­uted on the 1500 block of Belt Street.

Frashure said at this time “there’s no in­di­ca­tion or ev­i­dence” the Glen Burnie and River­side in­ci­dents are re­lated.

Anne Arun­del County has ex­pe­ri­enced a rash of racist in­ci­dents, stem­ming back to 2017, when two men hung a noose at Crofton Mid­dle School. One man, Con­ner Prout, pleaded guilty to a hate crime and, as part of a deal with the Anne Arun­del County State’s At­tor­ney’s Of­fice, pub­licly apol­o­gized and con­ducted com­mu­nity ser­vice along­side lo­cal ra­cial jus­tice groups, in­clud­ing the NAACP.

The other man charged in the case pleaded not guilty to a hate crime. He was found not guilty based on a tech­ni­cal­ity in the county’s code, which does not cover hate crimes aimed at a group of peo­ple.

Black stu­dents at Ch­e­sa­peake High School and Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mid­dle School have en­dured racist in­ci­dents over the course of the last year.

A Ch­e­sa­peake High stu­dent re­ported an anony­mous mes­sage con­tain­ing a photo of a Con­fed­er­ate flag and the words “You n***s will rue the day,” on Oct. 31. A day later, some­one found a noose made of toi­let pa­per hang­ing in a boys bath­room Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Mid­dle.

Other in­ci­dents at the high school tar­geted black and Jew­ish stu­dents.

KKK ac­tiv­ity in the county — and in the schools — is not un­heard of. Stu­dents at Arun­del High School in Jan­uary 2017 cir­cu­lated a pe­ti­tion to join the “Kool Kids Klan” and de­clare white supremacy over fel­low black stu­dents. The pe­ti­tion gar­nered two sig­na­tures and con­tained racist words and stereo­types.

Ref­er­ence to the KKK popped up on a school re­source web­site in 2015.

In 1999, for­mer Anne Arun­del County Ex­ec­u­tive Janet Owens shut down an anti-lit­ter pro­gram rather than al­low a lo­cal branch of the KKK to spon­sor a high­way cleanup. stall at

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