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Police find person behind KKK fliers in York County

Written by Candy Woodall/The York Daily Record | Aug 29, 2018 12:19 PM
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A picture of the flier Barbara Lafean found on her front porch. The bird seed in the flier is used to weigh down the paper. (Submitted by Barbara Lafean)

The person responsible for distributing KKK fliers throughout York County has been found, according to the Northern York County Regional Police Department.

Police say they identified the person who left the white supremacy messages at a movie theater in West Manchester Township and at homes in Dover Township, Red Lion and York city. But officers have not released a name.  

"The Northern York County Regional Police Department is currently speaking to those that received the fliers to determine appropriate charges," a news release said.

Police are also looking for additional residents who received the fliers. If you have received them, you are asked to contact the police tip line at 717-467-8355 or email your information to tips@nycrpd.org.

The fliers were among four racially charged incidents in four months. 

First, five black women were asked to leave Grandview Golf Course on April 21 for alleged slow play. Former county commissioner Steve Chronister called 911 twice to have the women removed from the Dover Township course.

Then, on July 21, Chad Merrill was shot and killed outside of the Red Rose Restaurant and Lounge in Hellam Township after he defended a black friend against racial slurs.

Earlier this month, moviegoers left Regal Cinemas in West Manchester Township to find racist propaganda from the KKK on their cars. The fliers were placed in response to "BlacKkKlansman," a Spike Lee movie based on the true story of a black detective infiltrating the KKK.

On Aug. 19, a black couple in Dover Township discovered a KKK flier in their driveway, calling for racial segregation. Fliers were also found in Red Lion and York City. 

York County is seeing a "potential resurgence" of the Ku Klux Klan, a racist hate group with deep ties in central Pennsylvania, according to Chad Dion Lassiter, executive director of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. 

The state commission is planning a town hall for late September in York County to address the racially charged incidents in four months. 

This story comes to us through a partnership between WITF and The York Daily Record

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