At least one Carroll County resident is upset after finding a Klu Klux Klan flyer on his property this weekend. He wasn’t the only one to receive the propaganda.
Chris Patrick, of Eldersburg, said he went out to the end of his driveway Sunday at around 4:45 p.m. to pick up the free newspapers that get delivered and found the KKK flyer on his property. The flyer was inside a plastic baggie and weighed down with bird seed, he said.
Patrick, who has lived in Carroll County since 2000, and for the last 14 years in his home in the Avonshire Woods neighborhood, said he’s never had something like this happen before.
He said he felt “angry” about the situation.
“I don’t want to see that sort of hate in my neighborhood and most of all not on my property,” Patrick said.
Maryland law enforcement agencies received 398 reports of hate or bias last year, an increase of 35 percent from 2016 — and a pace of more than one report a day. The state’s experience echoes a national increase in reported hate crimes, reversing a long, gradual decline.
Patrick said it wasn’t just his house, but the whole neighborhood that received the flyers. And while some people on Facebook — where Patrick posted photos of the flyer — have said that he should just throw it away, he said he couldn’t feel more strongly in the opposite direction.
“You’ve got to shine a bright light on hate like this,” he said, adding that he encourages others who have gotten flyers to talk about them and not just throw them away.
Amy Patrick, Chris Patrick’s wife, said via email that the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office came by Monday morning to pick up the flyers, get more information and provide a case number.
Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Tim Brown said they are asking anyone who has received the flyers or who has information to report it to the Sheriff’s Office at 410-386-5900. Brown said the Sheriff’s Office will take the information and forward it to the Maryland Coordination Analysis Center.
Eldersburg, apparently, wasn’t the only Carroll County community in which these flyers were distributed this weekend.