GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - The Goose Creek Police Department said it has suspended the investigation of the distribution of apparent Ku Klux Klan recruitment fliers found by residents of the Foxborough and Friar's Grove neighborhoods on Sunday.
According to an incident report, one concerned citizen told an officer some neighborhood children brought him several of the posters.
Police say it is a violation of Goose Creek City Ordinance to distribute any fliers on streets, sidewalks, or lawns.
"It disturbs me, and I'm sure I'm not the only one," said Chris McCants, of Goose Creek.
"It's just not right to throw these in people's yards, with children and everything," added Mandi Cooler, also of Goose Creek.
The police department released the following statement Monday morning:
This past weekend GCPD received reports of recruiting fliers for the Ku Klux Klan being scattered in the Foxborough and Friar's Grove neighborhoods. Any such distribution is a violation of City Ordinance. The investigation of the identity of the person(s) responsible for this distribution has been suspended and will remain closed unless additional investigative leads are obtained.
Anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers at (843) 554-1111 or the GCPD Tipline at (843) 863-5210.
A police reports states several kids found the packets in the Friar's Grove neighborhood and later brought them to an adult who then called authorities.
Cooler believes the people behind the fliers were trying to target kids, especially by putting candy in the packets.
"A little kid can go outside playing, bring this up to his mom and start asking questions," she said. "It shouldn't be like that."
All of the flyers had PO box addresses and a phone number for more information.
Attempts at calling the phone number resulted in the call going straight to a recording which said in part, "Please remember if it ain't white, it ain't right. White power."
Cooler hopes she doesn't see these fliers again in her family's neighborhood.
"It's okay to believe in something, but don't throw fliers in people's yard when that can start a war," she said. "This country has enough to worry about. We all bleed red, we're all human."
Officials say they're investigating similar calls in Summerville.