Racist leaflets probed in Harford Business, church targets of Klan fliers

December 31, 1996|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Harford County sheriff's deputies are trying to determine who left racist leaflets at a black church and a car detailing business in a predominantly black neighborhood in Havre de Grace.

Sgt. Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said Ku Klux Klan material was placed in front of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in the 4100 block of Gravel Hill Road, and at Attention to Detail in the 100 block of N. Paradise Road.

Hopkins said that late Thursday night or early Friday, two sets of handouts were dumped at the church and business.

One set of the papers had Latin writing and the other contained the sentence, "The Ku Klux Klan is watching you and we don't like what we see," Hopkins said.

"They had written on them 'New Order' and the 'Eastern Shore White Patriots' " with a post office box in Childs, Cecil County, Hopkins said.

"We are checking with authorities down there to see if they are aware of this group, and we're working on following up on who they are, if they exist and if they are responsible for leaving the literature," he said.

Neither the church, whose members are predominantly African-American, nor the business, whose employees are white and black, has reported racial incidents before, authorities said.

Hopkins said that because no property was damaged or defaced, no crime was committed. But police have stepped up patrols around the church and are teaching members how to protect themselves against arson, he said.

Police said that 14 racially motivated incidents were reported in Harford last year and 10 this year.

Pub Date: 12/31/96

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