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KKK fliers found in Saratoga Springs

February 11, 2018 11:33 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- “I just met the police officer,” said Enda Cormican. “He was ripping it off my car.”

Cormican is referring to the Ku Klux Klan flier that was left on his vehicle outside of his Saratoga Springs home.

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“So I approached him and I asked him and he showed me the flier,” Cormican said. “Yea it was horrible what was on there you know, slurs and racial slurs.” 

Cormican is not the only one.

Saratoga Springs police responded to Woodlawn Avenue at around 8 am Sunday from a caller who complained about a KKK flyer that was left a family car overnight. 

Police soon discovered fliers on a number of cars in the area with information about the Loyal White Knights of the KKK. 

“I wouldn't show it to my wife or children,” Cormican said. “No it was ridiculous.” 

Police said the fliers are similar to others found on cars in the city last May and several years ago.

“I was just sort of amazed,” said Skidmore College student Enrico Patarini. “I didn't expect that something had happened like that in this area.” 
Not only are neighbors like Patarini shocked, but he says the fliers do not reflect the community.

“I don't feel that that's a general consensus of the people who live here and it’s, this small group, it’s reflective of broader issues obviously,” Patarini said. 

“I think it's not representative of the place I grew up so it's very disheartening,” said Jessy Marquard.

Marquard also said doesn't want her kids exposed to messages like those on the fliers. 

“Letting them know that there's people out there that are misinformed or miseducated or ignorant and they're doing bad things,” Marquard said. 

Despite his concern, Cormican doesn't expect to see fliers like these around here anymore.

“This is a one-off crazy situation that uh is kind of puzzling,” Cormican said. “There's no history of that happening here.”

Anyone with information about the fliers is encouraged to contact the Saratoga Springs Police Department at 518-584-1800.

The fliers are considered free speech.

However, when similar incidents have happened in the past, police said the most the perpetrators would face is a violation for putting the fliers on vehicles. 

 

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