Police investigating KKK 'hoax'

Police investigating KKK 'hoax'

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign police say a family has been threatened in the wake of the distribution of flyers in a northwest Champaign neighborhood that they believe are a hoax.

The department said Thursday it is investigating the distribution of flyers purporting to invite people to a Ku Klux Klan meeting on Friday night.

"CPD is currently investigating an incident in which flyers were distributed in select neighborhoods with advertisement of a KKK meeting to take place at a specific residence in Champaign. Based on preliminary information, we believe this to be a hoax aimed to excite fear and anger towards the printed address. Champaign Police asks that news and social media cease circulation of the flyer, which has personal information listed and has resulted in numerous threats of retaliation towards this family and their home.

Additional information will be shared as the investigation allows."

On Thursday, Champaign County NAACP President Patricia Avery issued a statement which read in part:

"I want to thank our local law enforcement and Chief Anthony Cobb for their swift investigation of this matter and for communicating with the NAACP about this awful propaganda.  Fortunately we learned it was a hoax.  More importantly the people of our community are safe.  It was terrible to hear the people listed on the flyer could be victims of a crime.  It is unfortunate there are people who would stoop to these low levels to disrupt the lives of people and to insight fear and hate among our residents.  I am thankful once again to our law enforcement for their professional rapid response to what could have been a much more serious matter of concern for many of our residents and especially for our people of color."

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wayward wrote on September 07, 2017 at 11:09 am

Pro-tip: It's "Ku Klux Klan" and not "Klu Klux Klan."  Someone who was actually involved in the organization probably would have known that.

lga wrote on September 07, 2017 at 12:09 pm

I think you're giving racists too much credit. They typically aren't the brightest people.

wayward wrote on September 07, 2017 at 1:09 pm

You're right about racists typically not being all that bright.  But still, the idea of someone genuinely trying to recruit for the KKK that spends all that time distributing flyers but can't even spell the name of the organization correctly?  What are the odds?

BruckJr wrote on September 07, 2017 at 6:09 pm