Racially charged flyers passed out in Forest Park, police investigate
The flyer held by a Forest Park resident.
FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) -
Hate, discrimination and fear.
Those are the messages turning up on local windshields in several Tri-State neighborhoods. Forest Park police say neighbors have been finding racially charged flyers for the past couple of weeks.
Rosie Thurmond grew up in Alabama in the 60's and was no stranger to racial tension.
"I never thought that I'd be looking at that in these days," said Rosie Thurmond.
Thurmond says late one evening a few nights ago, she heard several dogs barking outside, but didn't think much of it.
"I usually look out the window and I didn't look out the window that night and that morning my son got up to go to work and these flyers were on the car," said Thurmond.
Thurmond says when she woke up the next morning, every car in sight had a flyer on the windshield.
The flyer says things like "warn our children to stay as far away from blacks as possible" and says "racial equality is a myth".
"It's sad that we're living in 2014 and we're still living in the racial era," said Ronald Sharp.
Lieutenant Bill Arns says the rash of the flyers were dropped on cars on Fairborn and Fremantle Drive. Arns says this activity isn't common, but something they have to take seriously.
"We would probably refer to the prosecutor's office to see if it's indeed protected or is this considered hate material and could be prosecuted," said Lt. Bill Arns.
Arns says spreading this kind of material can make many people angry, leading to more serious issues. He says if you see these flyers, call police.
"Don't try and take matters into your own hands. We would like the opportunity to try and keep the peace," said Lt. Arns.
Thurmond says most people would have thrown the flyer away...but she hasn't because it serves as proof that someone out there is spreading this hateful message, and she hopes police get to the bottom of it.
"I feel like we all should be able to get along," said Thurmond.
Police tell FOX19 they've also had reports of similar letters spreading to cities in Clermont County.
Some neighbors say they heard they're also in Lebanon.
If you know anything about who's behind spreading these flyers, contact the Forest Park police department.