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Ku Klux Klan flyers distributed in O'Fallon, Missouri neighborhood

6:16 PM, Aug 23, 2013   |    comments
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O'FALLON, Mo. (KSDK) - A message from the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan could soon end up on your doorstep.

People in the O'Fallon Hills neighborhood in O'Fallon were upset to find a flyer on their driveways Thursday morning. It read in part "Neighborhood Watch. You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake."

The people we talked to didn't want to be identified for fear of retaliation, but did want to speak out against the message.

"It's teaching hate. It's condoning it and it's very wrong. We should not hate each other," one woman said.

"Most times when I think of the KKK I think of 1960's racial tension. You know, it's 2013. It's not really something you expect to see," a man named Brian said. 

The O'Fallon Hills neighborhood is fairly diverse, but Ku Klux Klan spokesman Frank Ancona says the area was not specifically targeted. Ancona says flyers are being distributed as part of a nationwide effort to spread the Klan's message.

Whether or not you agree with that message, it's perfectly legal to pass out the flyers.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit when the southeastern Missouri city of Desloge tried to block the Klan from distributing the flyers. In March a federal judge agreed with the ACLU, ruling the flyers are protected by the First Amendment.

NewsChannel 5 dug deeper into this story and found out these flyers are available for anyone to download and hand out. It's possible the person who distributed the flyers in the O'Fallon area wasn't even a Klan member.

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