The Ottumwa Courier

July 11, 2013

Area authorities investigating KKK fliers


Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — Authorities are investigating who left numerous fliers around Davis and Wapello counties advocating for the Ku Klux Klan.

Residents in Agency and Eldon in Wapello County and Bloomfield in Davis County found the fliers Thursday morning.

Police found “numerous fliers” at residences and businesses in Bloomfield during the early morning hours Thursday. The fliers, distributed in plastic bags weighted with rocks, indicated they were from the “Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.” Authorities suspect they may have been thrown from a moving vehicle. Several different versions were reported.

Sheriff Mark Miller said the distribution to the fliers was general, rather than targeted at specific residences. They were similar in content to the ones distributed in Davis County.

Miller noted that the fliers, while offensive to many, are protected speech. The most serious charge for such an act would likely be littering.

"I wish they'd get permission before they deposit items in people's yards,” he said.

The investigation is continuing in both counties

The activity echoes events this spring in Van Buren County. Beginning in March, fliers were distributed in much the same manner as in Bloomfield. They drew complaints from communities around the county, including Keosauqua, Douds and Cantril, and led to an investigation by authorities there.