KKK fliers distributed in Johnstown attack Martin Luther King Jr.

January 15, 2018 11:21 PM

JOHNSTOWN - “And I was just astonished,” said Johnstown resident, Fran Sorento. “I didn't think they'd ever get this far north. I figured they were just in the south.”
It turns out the Ku Klux Klan has been in Upstate New York for some time.

They seem to be trying to get the word out with fliers attacking Martin Luther King Jr, which were found on some residents cars the night before and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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“Oh it's horrible,” Sorento said. “Martin Luther King is such a good person. He did a lot for the people.”

As the nation celebrates all that King did for the people, the KKK fliers make false claims saying King had dealings with so-called Jewish communist agents and engaged in sexually deviant behavior. 

Sorento said her son-in law found one on his car. 

“He found something about the KKK on his truck,” Sorento said. “And he came home and he told me about it.” 

Johnstown Police said the KKK fliers appeared across the city, including on East and West Clinton Streets, Burton Street, West Fulton Street and near the Trackside Homes.

Police said the fliers were also left here at the Johnstown Public Library.

NewsChannel 13 discovered one laying on a car in the parking lot. 

At the time, it seemed as if the owner did not know it was there. 

After discovering the owner’s address, NewsChannel 13 knocked on her door to ask her about it. 

“There’s no room in our society for behavior like that,” Dawn Henry said. “It's, it's scary.”

Henry also said she did not know the flier was on her car because she had not driven it since the weekend.

“Just makes me sad that there's so many hate crimes going on and the people are fueled by that.

For the Johnstown native, the KKK fliers are a first in her hometown.

“I've lived here my whole life and you know we don't have a lot of black families in Johnstown but what we do you have they are the greatest,” Henry said. 

“Very nice place,” Sorento said. “It's good for the kids. It's just good all around.”

Johnstown police said whoever is behind the fliers has committed a city code violation for distributing signs without a permit. 

The penalty is a fine. 


Nia Hamm

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