It’s an example of direct marketing that caught some people in a York County township by surprise. It was a flyer from the Ku Klux Klan offering to help keep a neighborhood safe. But neighbors say their help is not wanted.
Who’s watching over your neighborhood? According to a flyer, the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK are ready to watch out for you.
Fairview Township neighbor, Dylan Shaffer says, “There had been some paper tossed in our driveway for a KKK rally to try to get the movement together.”
People living along Ride Road, in Fairview Township, says members of the KKK dropped off a flyer saying, “you can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.”
Shaffer finds the message disturbing. He says, “I would think in this year, 2014, we would be a little past this movement and not be worried about people’s color and move beyond this.”
Fairview Township Lieutenant Jason Loper says there’s not much police can do. He says, “We have a freedom of speech issue and about the only violation we may have is littering.”
Lieutenant Loper says the group can not tackle crime on their own because they could end up committing crime themselves.
Loper says, “There’s nothing the KKK would be able to do. We’re the only people authorized to enforce the law in Fairview Township.”
Ridge Road residents say let law enforcement officers do their job.
Shaffer says, “It seems like a job best handled by police and not people with their own agendas based on colors or stereotypes.”
The president of the Traditionalist American Knights of the KKK says his members are aware of recent break-ins within the township. The president would not tell me which members are looking out for the community. They sent the flyers out to communities in several states around the Country.