KKK flyers distributed in Eldersburg neighborhood, Sykesville

This Klu Klux Klan flyer was found in Eldersburg.
This Klu Klux Klan flyer was found in Eldersburg. (Submitted art)

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.

Cpl. Carl Bird, of the Sykesville Police Department, described the same type of flyer that the Patrick family saw — leaflets in a plastic bag with birdseed in it.

Bird said there were about eight scattered on various sidewalks and on people’s cars Saturday night.

“We think someone was in a car just driving” and throwing the bags out the window, he added.

On Sunday, four more bags were found on different lawns in Sykesville.

Bird said Sykesville police are asking anyone with information about the flyers and who might have distributed them to call 410-795-0757.

A number listed on the flyer went to a voicemail that said the caller had reached “the Loyal White Knights of the KKK.”


The voicemail recording went on to say “if you’re white and proud, join the crowd”; encouraged people to call into a talk show; and ended the recording with “white power.”

Recruiting flyers for the Ku Klux Klan have been found strewn over roadsides in Ellicott City; police are investigating.

When Sykesville Mayor Ian Shaw found out about the flyers, he said he was thankful it wasn’t spread farther than it was.

“We think it’s disgusting, appalling, of course,” he told the Times Monday. “It’s just not good, I don’t know what people are thinking doing this stuff, but probably not much.”

And it isn’t just Carroll where these flyers or similar ones have shown up.

A few dozen flyers targeting immigrants and Jews and advocating membership in the Ku Klux Klan were found scattered in the area of Ellicott City’s Main Street on Saturday night, and are being investigated by police in Howard County.

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