NJ cops didn’t get rid of KKK flyers because they feared lawsuit, report says
Residents of Lyndhurst in Bergen County woke up this weekend to flyers encouraging them to join the Klu Klux Klan, according to multiple reports.
And the town's police department chose to leave them in place, rather than risk a civil rights lawsuit, the South Berganite reports.
It notes when police in Rutherford police collected pro-KKK materials left on residents' laws last year, they received a letter purporting to be from the Loyal White Knights of the KKK and threatening to take the matter up with the ACLU — though nothing ever came of the threat.
The report quotes Police Chief Jim O'Connor saying the flyers, left in plastic baggies with rocks, were only distributed to a few streets. He said residents can throw the flyers out, or bring them to police if they prefer.
In another report by the Bergen Record, the Bergen County NAACP President Anthony Cureton said his group would stand side by side with the residents of Lyndhurst, Bergen County, clergy and organizations that works towards unifying our communities and eliminating the threat of intimidation and disruption of quality of life for those who oppose such cynical behavior."
That report quoted Robert Jones, grand dragon of the Loyal White Knights in North Carolina, saying members of the KKK in Lyndhurst recently held a meeting, and decided to distribute materials in the township.
“The blacks have the NAACP. The Jews have the ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and the JDL (Jewish Defense League) and the Southern Poverty Law Center. And whites, they’ve got no group working for their interest but the KKK,” the report quotes Jones saying.
Calls by New Jersey 101.5 to Lyndhurst Police, the NAACP and the Loyal White Knights have not yet been returned.
The latter, on its website, says it does not "hate any group of people! However, we do hate some things that certain groups are doing to our race and our nation. We hate drugs, homosexuality, abortion and race-mixing, because these things go against God’s law and they are destroying all white nations. But rather than focus on hate, we try to focus on the love of our race."
Its website includes a section for racist jokes using slurs for blacks, Hispanics and Jews. The hotline number listed on the site leads to a voicemail recording that begins by calling callers "Judeo-Christian preachers of today are damning their Christians straight to hell by teaching race-mixing is OK and also homosexuality" and says the U.S.'s "Satanic government has a hidden agenda to bring about a hidden agenda where all that is evil will be look at as good, and all that is good will be looked at as evil."
The recording ends with "white power" before allowing a caller to leave a message.
As of the 2010 Census, the township was nearly 83 percent white, and only about 2 percent black.