Klan fliers, threats spark Friday press conference by law enforcement

This Ku Klux Klan flier was distributed in the Dorchester Waylyn neighborhood in North Charleston earlier this month. Residents responded with their own flier promoting racial harmony.

Recent Ku Klux Klan fliers and threats against the local NAACP will be discussed in a joint press conference Friday, according to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office.

The press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. Friday at the county law enforcement center on Leeds Avenue. Sheriff Al Cannon will be joined by representatives of the Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant police departments, the State Law Enforcement Division and the FBI, according to the announcement.

Klan fliers with the traditional hooded figure were left on car windows in the Dorchester Waylyn neighborhood in North Charleston earlier this month.

Somebody called the Charleston chapter of the NAACP several times over the last two weeks and threatened “to blow our heads off,” President Dot Scott said.

The fliers and threats followed the fatal shooting of nine black people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. Investigators believe the shootings were racially motivated.

Scott said she took the threats seriously, and distributing Klan fliers in a predominantly black neighborhood was a deliberate effort to “intimidate and terrify.”

“This is the kind of stuff we shouldn’t have to deal with,” she said.

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