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Disturbing flyers left in Katy’s neighborhoods

Several people posted flyers left on their driveways and porches on Nextdoor. They said the flyers featured racial caricatures and neo-Nazi symbols.

KATY, Texas — A dozen residents of The Heights confirmed on Wednesday that a hallway in the city spoke of disturbing racist flyers left on their doorsteps.

They wanted to know what could be done to stop it.

“What they do is they put these flyers out, make them available for people to download and distribute, so that’s what’s happening,” said Dena Marks of the Southwest Anti-Defamation League. “We don’t know if the actual members made the cast, but someone with sympathies for those bands.”

Several people posted on Nextdoor about flyers left on their driveways and porches. They had been locked in plastic luggage and loaded with stones.

One lady described the flyers as ‘racist’ with images and slurs which she said were too graphic to share.

One person posted a photo showing flagging flyers with racial caricatures and neo-Nazi symbols.

Another man’s poster shows a white dog and the name of a website full of Nazi imagery and anti-Semitic content.

“Not cool at all,” said a Cinco Ranch resident, who asked not to be recognized. “I’ve lived in this neighborhood for 37 years, and nothing like this has ever happened before.”

On Nextdoor, neighbors also posted screenshots from doorbell cameras which they say captured someone throwing fabric from a white pickup around 2 a.m. Monday.

William White, director of operations for the Council on Islamic-American Relations in Houston, says the group responsible typically strikes between midnight and 1:30 a.m.

“In San Antonio, they weighed them down with dog food,” White said. “In Austin, they did it with rocks. Here they do it with real pebbles, pebbles the size of a hand.

White said he was aware of about 10 such incidents reported in Texas. He says the neighborhoods seem randomly chosen.

“I think they’re trying to recruit for their organization,” White said. “I also believe they are very intentional about how they approach things. We cannot ignore the fact that it is an election year. I also can’t ignore the fact that they started doing it during Black History Month.

The flyer incident in The Heights happened in the district of Houston City Council member Abbie Kamin.

“It’s uncomfortable,” the council member said. “It’s unpleasant.”

That’s why she organized the town hall meeting on Wednesday at the Historic Heights fire station with the Houston Police Department and the Anti-Defamation League.

The council member was hoping to share information on combating hate.

“The number one thing not to do… is not to go on social media,” Kamin said. “Don’t give these groups more power, more attention. That’s what they want. They raise funds through this. They’re recruiting from there, and we’re not going to let that happen.

A neighbor asked if the disturbing flyers could very well be charged with breaking the law. The answer – possible no.

“As long as it doesn’t become a crime, you know, freedom of speech is guaranteed, that’s what makes our country great, isn’t it? Even though I don’t agree with what you’re saying, it’s still awful, but it’s the fact that we need to know why they did it,” the Houston Police Department deputy chief said. , Here.

Kamin says the best thing to do is report the incidents to law enforcement.

The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office advised KHOU on Wednesday:

“We are assessing whether this behavior qualifies as a hate crime or a crime at all. There is a balance between freedom of expression and what constitutes a threat. If there is a direct threat to the recipient of a flyer, it could be a terrorist threat. There is also the possibility of criminal trespass for a perpetrator entering your property, regardless of the contents of the flyer.

White says CAIR Houston gave the FBI the knowledge he gained about the flyer incidents.

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