KKK flyers turn up in driveways of Oneida County neighborhood
ROME, N.Y. —
Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies are asking neighbors for more information regarding suspicious activity in a neighborhood of Rome.
Deputies say they responded to the area of S. Glen Road after residents reported finding weighted Ziploc bags containing printed information about the United Northern & Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
According to officials, the investigation indicates the weighted Ziploc bags were left at the end of multiple driveways sometimes between 4:00am and 6:30am.
A similar incident happened in the town of Westmoreland in May.
Anyone having information regarding this investigation, whether personnel contact with an individual or individuals, suspicious vehicles or home security images is asked to contact the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office at (315)736-0141. All calls will remain confidential.
In a statement, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said:
I would like to say that I find the KKK an organization that encourages hatred and bigotry and I don’t condone this organization or anything it stands for. I believe in unity and tolerance. The KKK is against all of those things. However with that said, I have taken an oath to uphold the constitutional rights of all citizens, which however repulsive includes the KKK. The leaving of these flyers and soliciting people to join the KKK is their right. I am very sensitive to those in the community that just the mention of the KKK causes anxiety and anger, but the US Constitution protects their right to free speech. If the actions of this group turns to soliciting people to commit violent acts, or they cross the line and break the law, the Sheriff’s Office will not hesitate to file criminal charges against them