Warrenton residents file police report for KKK recruitment fliers

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on November 22, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 7:41 PM

(KMOV.com) -- Residents in Warrenton, Missouri, are outraged as recruitment fliers for the Ku Klux Klan show up in the middle of the night. Now one resident is angry enough to file a report with police for harassment.

Warrenton residents said the recruitment fliers show up in about 15-20 front yards inside plastic bags attached to a small rock.

Resident Lydale White didn’t have a fl yer in his yard, but they did show up in his neighborhood.

“You got some people up there still kinda old fashioned, like still got that mentality, I guess,” White said, “But that’s everywhere you go people are like that, I guess.”

Frank Ancona, head of the KKK in Missouri, said newspapers and radios turn down the Klan’s ads so members distribute the fliers in the middle of the night. He said it’s freedom of speech.

“We’ve definitely researched it, talked with lawyers at the ACLU,” Ancona said, “This is an acceptable way of distributing our literature, constitutionally sound.”

The Klan said they hand out about a dozen different fliers and some offer to help put together a neighborhood watch.

The latest census information shows Warrenton’s population in near 7900 and predominantly white at 94 percent while African Americans make up 2 percent and Hispanic people make up 4 percent.

“It is going too far to throw it in people’s yards,” said Warrenton resident Ray Clay, “Shows how far people are willing to go to change things for the better or worse.”

Not all Warrenton residents were so willing to shrug off the fliers. One woman said those behind the fliers should, “be hung in Times Square.”

Ancona said he doesn’t know how anyone could feel harassed by an informational fl yer. 

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