LEESBURG, Va. - The Leesburg Police Department says they are investigating several incidents of fliers distributed by those who claim to be Ku Klux Klan (KKK) members.
Police say they received the first report of the suspicious fliers on Friday night around 10:00 p.m., outside of a home in the 700 block of Aurora Court Northeast.
Jack Oden, a neighbor, tells DCW50 he made the call after finding the fliers inside of a plastic bag with bird seed.
Other neighbors also said they saw bird seed or a piece of candy inside.
"At first I thought it was some kind of prank," says Oden. "I also believe in free speech but if you’re going to say things or do things like that, you need to stand up in front of other people and listen to their response, doing it this way is cheap."
Police say they received several other calls from residents in the Northeast quadrant of town, including North Street, Invermere, and Nathan Place.
One of the fliers has Martin Luther King Jr.'s picture on it, saying "On Martin Luther King Day, you are honoring a communist, alcoholic, pervert."
Police believe they were intentionally put out before the day the nation honors his legacy.
While all of these incidents are taken very seriously, at this time, they say the fliers appear to have been distributed randomly and not to target anyone in particular.
As with previous incidents involving similar fliers, Leesburg Police say investigators will work with local, state and federal partners to identify any potential threats to the community.
Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call police at 703-771-4500.