Posted: Monday, July 14th 2014 at 1:29pm
KKK flyers found in northwest Hall Co. neighborhood
By B.J. Williams Administrator
This flyer and others from the KKK were found in the driveways of homes in the Smith Trace subdivision in northwest Hall County.
GAINESVILLE - A neighborhood in northwest Hall County was one of several areas across the south that was canvassed over the weekend with recruitment flyers urging citizens to join the Ku Klux Klan.
A resident who lives on Summit Chase in the Smith Trace subdivision off Price Road told AccessNorthGA.com she found the flyers in the driveways of every home in her neighborhood Sunday morning. That resident asked to remain anonymous, but she sent a photo of the flyer. (See flyer pictured to the side of the article). The woman said she was especially worried about what the African American families in her neighborhood would think.
The resident said she contacted Hall County authorities to report the flyers.
Dep. Nicole Bailes with the Hall County Sheriff's Office said while the flyers might have offended some people, they are not illegal.
"From a legal standpoint there's not anything that the sheriff's office can do right now because we would be discriminating against them," said Bailes. "It would be infringing upon their First Amendment rights."
If the flyers were not placed inside mailboxes, then Bailes said no law was broken with the distribution.
"If you wanted to push the issue, then you could look at a charge of littering, but there again, you can't discriminate from one organization to the other," she said.
The flyer, from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, encourages recipients to "Save our land, Join the Klan," and it lists a national recruiting number to call for information.
Bailes said other neighborhoods in the Atlanta area reported the same type activity over the weekend.
Channel 2 Action News reported KKK flyers were posted in parts of the Candler Park and Cabbagetown neighborhoods.
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