Saturday, September 13, 2003

Racist fliers offend, anger many

By Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

FORT THOMAS - White supremacists distributed racially offensive fliers in Fort Thomas and portions of Southgate early Thursday that concerned and angered many residents, police said.

The fliers attacked Jews and African-Americans and referred to several groups including a West Virginia-based white supremacist group.

Residents found the fliers on their doorsteps, driveways and lawns Thursday morning.

"Fort Thomas citizens were offended," said Lt. Ken Fecher of the Fort Thomas Police Department.

Police received at least 100 complaints, he said.

It is against the law to distribute fliers without first registering with the city, police said.

"Their message is protected as freedom of speech," Fecher said. "I've been here 15 years, it's the first time I've ever seen it."

Since early 2001, similar fliers have been distributed in Westwood, Evendale, and Anderson and Green townships in Hamilton County; Liberty and West Chester townships in Butler County; Union Township in Clermont County; and Alexandria.


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