The Leesburg Police Department is investigating several incidents involving propaganda fliers being distributed by individuals claiming to be Ku Klux Klan members along North King Street downtown. Fliers also were found along Rt. 9 in and around Hillsboro.
The first report of a suspicious flier was made shortly after 8 a.m. Sunday, just one day before the community’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. program that includes a march beginning nearby at the courthouse.
“While all these incidents are taken very seriously, at this time, the material appears to have been distributed randomly and was not specifically targeting any particular individual(s),” the department stated. “As with previous incidents involving similar fliers, Leesburg Investigators will work with local, state, and federal agencies to identify any potential threats to the community.”
A similar distribution of KKK recruitment fliers was made last year in the days before the Martin Luther King Jr. events and then again during the summer. The MLK fliers feature a narrative alleging the civil rights leader had ties to communism. The fliers typically are placed inside plastic bags with birdseed and thrown in driveways or doorsteps.