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Frederick, Md., police say fliers placed by white supremacists

October 21, 2003|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

FREDERICK, Md. - Frederick Police and the FBI are investigating the distribution of fliers by a white supremacy group on Sunday evening.

The National Alliance allegedly placed the leaflets on vehicles in the area of Church, Court, Council and Second streets, police said.

Police are encouraging anyone who is concerned about their safety after receiving the fliers to contact them at 1-301-694-2100. Officer Tammy Ertter, who is investigating the case, could not be reached for comment Monday.

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David Koontz, an area resident and civil rights activist, said he reported finding one of the fliers.

The leaflet claimed that the news media is controlled by the Jewish population and that the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, were conducted because of the United States' support of Israel, he said.

A Web site address for the organization and post office boxes in Hillsboro, W.Va., and Baltimore were listed, he said.

Koontz reported the distribution of National Alliance business cards in his neighborhood in June.

He was surprised to find the fliers Sunday, but said he doesn't feel like a target.

"It is oddly coincidental it's been twice in the same neighborhood," he said. "It's a sad thing it's continuing to happen."

Koontz said he was glad to see the police taking the complaint seriously.

Similar fliers were distributed in the Annapolis area recently. The American Civil Liberties Union criticized police for restricting free speech by removing them, according to a newspaper account.

A correctional officer at the prisons south of Hagerstown used to be the local leader of the National Alliance.

Craig Allen Jackson, 38, was killed in a car accident Feb. 11, the day he was expected to enter a plea in Washington County Circuit Court to a bribery charge stemming from a smuggling incident in the prison.

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