At least several white supremacist flyers were posted in the Bixby Knolls business district when the area was deserted early one morning this week, pr
At least several white supremacist flyers were posted in the Bixby Knolls business district when the area was deserted early one morning this week, prompting a Long Beach police investigation.
Officers were notified Wednesday morning, April 7, and found them in the area of Atlantic Avenue and Cartagena Street on storefronts and in public areas, police spokesman Brandon Fahey said. No homes were reportedly tagged with one.
Fahey said there was no indication the flyer was connected to any event or incident in the city.
Chris Callopy, executive director of the Teachers Association of Long Beach, noticed flyers on the group’s building near Atlantic and Claiborne Drive.
A white supremacist slogan, known as the “14 words,” was printed on the flyer, placed over a Black Lives Matter sign, Callopy said.
The flyer was originally handwritten.
“(I’ve) never seen this kind of filth before,” he said. “Never seen anything (in the area that is) racist.”
The #LBPD was made aware of a bias-motivated speech incident today.
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— Long Beach PD (CA) (@LBPD) April 7, 2021
Surveillance-camera photos seemingly show a person with flyers in the area about 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, April 7.
The appearance of the flyers comes after similar propaganda, promoting a Ku Klux Klan-promoted “White Lives Matter” rally this weekend in Huntington Beach, popped up near homes in that city several days ago.
Late last month, other propaganda was left near homes in Newport Beach, and in October in Villa Park.
Long Beach police said they were aware of those incidents in Orange County; they were not sure if they were connected to Long Beach’s.
“We will continue to support our resident’s First Amendment rights regarding free speech; however, we condemn any form of hate speech and we will not tolerate any criminal threats and/or violence,” Long Beach police said in a Wednesday statement. “Enforcement actions will be taken against those who commit such acts.”