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July 11, 2013

Klan fliers linked to Alabama dispersed in Connecticut

DECATUR, Ala. — DECATUR, Ala. — Fliers left in a Connecticut neighborhood by a Ku Klux Klan-affiliated group included a telephone number for a Decatur, Ala.-based “imperial wizard.”

The “imperial wizard,” Bradley Jenkins, said  the flyers from United Klan of America were intended to “deter criminals from breaking into cars in town.”

The fliers read, “Neighborhood Watch: You can sleep well tonight knowing the UKA is awake.”

On the fliers is Jenkins’  Alabama telephone number and a website for the UKA.

The News Courier, a newspaper in Athens, Ala.,  called the number but only received the following message from Jenkins: “You have reached the national director for the Arian Nation, please leave your name, a number and a short message and someone will get back to you. Thank you and hail victory.”

The fliers had been placed in bags, weighted with rocks and left on driveways and lawns in north Milford, according to the Associated Press.

Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake told the AP earlier the town doesn’t tolerate hate groups.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, a watchdog organization located in Alabama, said the UKA is a weak group that has not been very active.

Milford police said the activity is not considered a hate crime because the note is pitching a neighborhood watch program rather than targeting a specific group of people.

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Details for this story were provided by The News Courier in Athens, Ala., and The Associated Press.

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