Tonawanda Police unsure who left flyers promoting Indiana KKK rally

Jul 31, 2019

Flyers for a Ku Klux Klan event in Indiana on August 31 were found in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda Monday morning.  Police in both areas said five residents found the flyers in zipped plastic bags, weighed down by rice.

Three of the residents received the flyer on Main Street. Town of Tonawanda police captain Fredric Foels says this is the first time he has come across something like this in the area.

“Why these particular three houses? I have no idea. Why the street? I have no idea,” Foels said. “It was just one of these things where these people found these things and called us.”

Police report the group on the fliers is the Honorable Sacred Knights, a KKK chapter in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. They are headquartered in Madison, Indiana according to the Southern Poverty Law Center’s national catalog of hate groups.

Foels said three of the flyers were found on Main Street.

“It was kind of baffling to these residents because they had no clue why they were thrown on their front lawns. We went and picked them up and bring them back to the station. But unfortunately nobody saw anybody toss it or throw it or place it there,” Foels said. “We’re sort of at a stalemate with how they got there”

According to a New York Times report, the Knights tried to hold a rally May 25 in Dayton, Ohio, where nine KKK supporters showed up next to nearly 600 protestors.

Foels said the flyer included a phone number and an email address.