Authorities in Hanover County and the town of Ashland are investigating reports of Ku Klux Klan literature being thrown on private property last weekend.
Authorities said the white supremacist flyers appear to be from the Loyal White Knights, a KKK group based in North Carolina, and that there’s little that can be done about what legally amounts to nothing more than a littering violation.
“While there was nothing illegal regarding this, other than a possible trespassing or litter issue, our deputies did take note of the literature for informational purposes,” said Sgt. James Cooper said, a spokesman for the Hanover Sheriff’s Office.
Cooper said the sheriff’s office received reports about the flyers being found in three Mechanicsville subdivisions. Ashland Police Department spokesman Chip Watts said someone in the 200 block of Berkley Street reported finding the flyer Saturday afternoon.
Watts said the flyer, which disparages African-Americans and promotes racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, was stuffed inside a plastic bag with birdseed.
“It seems like the location was randomly selected and that it was thrown out of a moving vehicle,” he said.
Randolph-Macon College, just a few blocks away from where the Berkley Street incident was reported, said flyers had been found on its campus as well.
“We contacted the Ashland Police Department, who rapidly removed these and are also investigating this,” said R-MC spokeswoman Anne Marie Lauranzon. “We’re fortunate to have such a proactive, responsive law enforcement agency in our town.”
The Loyal White Knights held a rally in Charlottesville a month before the deadly white nationalist Unite the Right rally on Aug. 12, 2017. There have been multiple reports since then of the group’s flyers being thrown onto people’s property throughout Virginia.