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KKK Fliers Found in Wakulla Subdivision

KKK Fliers Found in Wakulla Subdivision
Posted at 9:40 AM, Nov 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-23 12:55:41-05

CRAWFORDVILLE, FL (WTXL) --  Sunday night, several recruitment pamphlets for the KKK were found by residents of The Farm subdivision in Crawfordville, said the sheriff's office.

Information from the Sheriff's Office

Citizens began reporting the pamphlets at 7 p.m. The pamphlets were placed in a clear plastic bag and invited citizens to join the organization. A resident of the subdivision began collecting the pamphlets from driveways and counted a total of 59.

Deputy Taylor Saladin collected eight more pamphlets that were seized as evidence for possible analysis. The subdivision homeowners association was contacted in an attempt to gain additional information. It has not been determined whether the pamphlets are connected to two graffiti incidents which occurred at a similar time of year in 2014.

“There is no place for this kind of shenanigans in Wakulla County,” said Sheriff Charlie Creel. “It is not against the law to pass out this garbage and it is not a violation of the litter law to distribute material to private property as long as it does not violate postal laws. To violate litter laws, the pamphlets must end up on public property and intent of littering must be proven."

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The incident has caught the attention of Wakulla County's chapter of the NAACP.

"It's very unsettling to the community, and I really think at this point the community deserves answers," said chapter president Anginita Rosier.

"It's despicable. There is no place anywhere for this kind of stuff," Creel said. "Unfortunately, nobody broke any laws. People have their First Amendment right."

The fliers provide a number to call to join the Loyal White Knights of the KKK. WTXL called that number but received an automated message.

"Mentioning the N word. It's a very disturbing message that is on that number," Rosier said.

"It's not a place in our society for this kind of hate," Creel said, "and that's what I consider it -- hate."

The Sheriff's Office says it's actively looking into the incident. So far, no suspects have been identified.

Nearly a year ago, officials found graffiti spelling "KKK" in Wakulla County. Creel said there are persons of interest, but the case is still unresolved.

Rosier said the chapter may contact the national branch of the NAACP about this matter, and that the group will meet closer to the one-year anniversary of the church vandalism to discuss race issues in the community.