Members of the Ku Klux Klan in Springfield, Mo. surprised some local residents with flyers in their front yard promoting a Klan-sponsored neighborhood watch program.
The flyers were discovered by residents on Sunday morning, who woke up to find the piece of paper in a plastic bag and weighted down by a small rock reports KY3 News.
The flyer, which shows an image of a masked and hooded Klansman, was made in attempt to recruit members of the community to launching a neighborhood watch program.
“Are there troubles in your neighborhood? Contact the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan today!” it says. “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!”
One resident, Steven Burchett said he was “furious” when he came across the flyer in his front yard.
“That just tells you what a coward they are,” Burchett told KY3. “A simple knock at the door, I can say I am not interested and go on. But instead they have to come through in the middle of the night and drop a rock in the front yard. That’s coward.”
About half a dozen other flyers were discovered around homes in the area. KY3 contacted the number listed on the flyer and talked to a representative who said that the group’s goal is to recruit members to the neighborhood watch groups “to help police fight crime.”
He added that race was not a part of the program – instead, that the group would alert police against anyone who was “up to no good” even if they were white.
“I ain’t got time in my life for the Klan,” Burchett said. “None whatsoever.”