Howard County Police are looking for those responsible for disseminating fliers they say contains hate speech.
So far investigators have collected about 40 fliers around Main Street in Ellicott City.
Officials wouldn't detail what the fliers say or look like other then they didn't appear to specifically target a person, vehicle, home or business.
Police are asking anyone who finds one to give them a call, “We want to know where they're located to help us figure out who is responsible for this so when you see one, even though your first instinct may be to dispose of it as quickly as possible, give us a quick call, let us know where you found it so we can continue to investigate.”
They're also asking anyone with doorbell camera footage to contact them.
Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman and Councilman Jon Weinstein released a joint statement:
We are saddened and disturbed that fliers filled with hate speech have been distributed in Ellicott City. There is no place for hate in our society and after all Ellicott City has been through in the past two years, it is heartbreaking to see this community faced with this disgusting display of antisemitism, racism and intolerance. To a person, we stand united against these attitudes and messages. The spirit of Ellicott City is commUNITY for all and our commUNITY rejects these thoughts and attitudes. If you have any information about these fliers, or concerns about suspicious activities, please contact our police department. An investigation is underway.
Similar incidents have recently been reported including KKK fliers that were discovered in Glen Burnie.
Last week, community leaders held a public forum to address the spike in hate and bias incidents in neighboring Anne Arundel County.