For the second time in three months, Ku Klux Klan (KKK) flyers have been distributed in Abbotsford. The latest incident took place this past weekend on January 15, 2017.
The Abbotsford Police Department received a complaint from a resident in the 35200 block of Marshall Road that a plastic bag containing KKK literature had been thrown on his driveway.
The latest incident took place this past weekend on January 15, 2017. The Abbotsford Police Department received a complaint from a resident in the 35200 block of Marshall Road that a plastic bag containing KKK literature had been thrown on his driveway.
The complaint led to the police department locating over 70 bags of flyers on multiple East Abbotsford streets.
Photos of the pamphlets have yet to be made available, but the APD did reveal that they target Martin Luther King Jr., a historic African-American best known for his Civil Rights Movement and strong stance towards racism.
Ironically, the flyers were distributed one day ahead of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on the third Monday of January every year.
“The pamphlet makes disparaging comments about Martin Luther King Jr. which is believed to coincide with the recognition of his birthday and the observance of the federal holiday in the United States” reads a statement from the Abbotsford Police Department.
Security footage obtained from residents in the area indicate that the suspect vehicle is a dark-coloured pickup truck, believed to be a Dodge Ram.
According to the APD, additional security footage is currently being analyzed by the department’s Forensic Identification Unit. Several plastic bags containing the flyers are also undergoing fingerprint analysis.
Anyone with information about the ongoing investigation is encouraged to contact the APD by phone at 604-859-5225, by text message to 222973 (abbypd), or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.