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July 10, 2013

Klan fliers with Decatur, Ala., phone number dispersed in Connecticut

Fliers left in a Connecticut neighborhood by a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group included a telephone number for a Decatur, Ala.-based “imperial wizard.”

The “imperial wizard,” Bradley Jenkins, told the Associated Press the fliers from United Klan of America were intended to “deter criminals from breaking into cars in town.”

The fliers read, “Neighborhood Watch: You can sleep well tonight knowing the UKA is awake.”

On the fliers is Jenkins’ Decatur, Ala., telephone number and a website for the UKA.

The News Courier called the number but only received the following message from Jenkins: “You have reached the national director for the Arian Nation, please leave your name, a number and a short message and someone will get back to you. Thank you and hail victory.”

The fliers had been placed in bags, weighted with rocks and left on driveways and lawns in north Milford, according to the AP.

At noon, Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake had not yet returned The News Courier’s call for a comment. However, he told the AP earlier the town doesn’t tolerate hate groups. He and Gov. Dannel Malloy also said they are planning a news conference for later today at Milford City Hall.

Police are investigating and seeking witnesses who saw people distribute the fliers, the AP reported.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, a hate group watchdog organization located in Alabama, told WHNT’s sister station in Connecticut the UKA is a weak group that has not been very active.

“The reality is most KKK groups around the country are not doing much, they put out flyers, maybe update their webpages on occasion,” Potok said. “There are maybe 5,000 total members at most across the country.”

Milford police told the station the activity is not considered a hate crime because the note is pitching a neighborhood watch program rather than targeting a specific group of people.

Decatur Mayor Don Kyle heard about the fliers for the first time Wednesday afternoon when he was contacted by The News Courier. Although critical of them, he declined to comment publicly on the matter.

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