Maryland State Police say they are investigating the distribution of racist literature discovered in Talbot County this weekend.
Troopers say on Sunday morning, a resident of St. Michaels contacted the MSP Easton Barrack and reported racist literature had been found distributed in driveways. A Trooper responded and his investigation discovered the material had been left residences predominantly in the area of Riverview Terrace and Cove Road in St. Michaels.
The printed materials indicates that it was produced by the Ku Klux Klan. It featured racist views towards African-Americans, Jewish people, American Indians and others, according to Maryland State Police. The materials also reportedly asked residents to join the KKK. The flyers were placed in clear plastic bags. They also contained birdseed, which investigators believe was added for weight, enabling them to be thrown into a driveway and remain there.
Troopers forwarded this information to the Maryland Coordination and Analysis Center, which coordinates with local, state and federal authorities including the FBI. The Eastern Shore Information Center also received the information.
Law enforcements officials say this is being classified as a hate/bias incident, per Maryland code. However, they say no evidence of a crime has been established. They say if elements of a crime are found, immediate action will be taken in coordination with the Talbot County State’s Attorney Scott Patterson.