MILFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – Residents of two Connecticut towns woke to find something surprising in their driveways on Monday.
One-page handouts from the United Klans of America were left folded in quarters in sandwich-sized bags in driveways in Orange and Milford, WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane reported.
The Connecticut Post reported they were found on Wheelers Farms Road, Herbert Street, and Coram Lane.
The handouts have large text below the UKA logo saying “NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH” with a message below that reads “Sleep well knowing the UKA is awake.”
“Anytime we hear of any type of activity or people conducting themselves under those symbolic hatred organizations, we have very much concern,” state NAACP president Scot X. Esdaile told the Connecticut Post. “A lot of people have been killed, murdered. A lot of families have been destroyed over the years in the North and in the South.”
The group denied it is a hate organization.
“We don’t condone any sort of violence,” Eric Krieger, “imperial kleeper” of the UKA, told the Post.
But there’s little doubt in the mind of 89-year-old handout recipient Chet Ignatowski of Milford.
“I looked at it and I said ‘What the hell? That piece of junk.’ That’s what I said,” Ignatowski told Murnane.
“My first reaction: No. I don’t think I’d sleep well tonight knowing that they’re out there watching my house and my neighborhood,” Milford resident Paul Costello said.
A police dispatcher in Orange said he was not aware of any complaints there.
At least one recipient seemed surprised the handout that she tossed aside unread like any other piece of junkmail might have a tie to what was once the largest KKK group in the nation.
“Oh my God. That’s terrible. Why they do that? I think all the neighborhood got it,” said the woman, who didn’t want to give her name.
A spokesperson for the Milford Police Department told Murnane that they’re concerned about such a “neighborhood watch” being operated by a hate group.
They’d like to speak with the distributors of the handouts and are considering an e-mail, text message, and reverse 911 blast in connection with the case.
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