Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens says Ku Klux Klan fliers have appeared in a few spots in the city, with the first report on July 29.
“There was a neighborhood up on north Cliff that had a few fliers basically distributed,” Clemens said. “We’ve had down south in the Tomar area, there’s been some in the central part of Sioux Falls, I think there was one over on Menlo, and then one over by McKennan Park.”
“There may be a city ordinance violation about distributing those, or basically littering, but what they’re doing, I mean there’s nothing illegal,” Clemens said. “They’re just asking people to join their membership and pay some money, so it, for them it seems like it’s a fundraising thing at this point in time.”
Clemens says the fliers include KKK information and don’t appear to differ too much from each other.
“I know it’s very alarming for people to see that type of material, but we’ve been working with the FBI, notifying them, working with the state, just to keep people informed, but we haven’t had anything, other than those fliers, being distributed, no threats, no other information has come in,” Clemens said.
The fliers the Sioux Falls woman says she found Monday say the KKK is a “WHITE only Christian organization,” saying there’s no room for black, Jewish, Mexican, Asian, or Catholic people. There’s also a derogatory term for gay people.
“There’s nothing overtly threatening about it, I mean obviously it raises concern for people when they see material like that, but there’s nothing that’s inciting people to do something or threatening people or groups of people,” Clemens said.
Sioux Falls Mayor Paul TenHaken weighed in on Twitter on Wednesday:
There is no place for this sort of hate in Sioux Falls, or any place else in our world. We are working with the state and FBI on this matter and know it will not be tolerated in our city. https://t.co/ldXgYRlPQW— Paul Ten Haken (@paultenhaken) August 15, 2018