See how a hate group is trying to spread fear in Atlanta neighborhood
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A hate group is trolling an Atlanta neighborhood, and like a thief in the night, stealing neighbor’s feelings of security and safety.
Anonymous members of a hate group left dozens of racist flyers on the doorsteps of unsuspecting families.
Homeowners told WSBTV News that they woke up this week to find offensive flyers inside of plastic bags from a hate group called Patriot Front strewn all around their neighborhood and they are appalled.
The Patriot Front is reportedly based in Texas.
“This was done in the middle of the night. On the porch, I heard a noise. Next morning, it was there,” neighbor Travis Glahn said. “It’s pretty offensive.”
The flyers from the hate group were weighed down with rocks to perhaps ensure that they would not be blown away. According to WSBTV the flyer takes aim at what it labels a “migrant underclass.”
The fliers were distributed in one of Atlanta’s most progressive areas of Antlanta, a place where many people take pride in diversity.
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“They want to offend as many people as they can,” neighbor Michelle Cormack said to WSBTV.
Austin on alert
Authorities around the country are reporting an increase in hate group activity.
And police are on alert in Austin, Tex., after they say three package bomb explosions killed two people and injured two others within the last two weeks.
Officials believe the attacks are related and could be hate crimes.
Police officials now believe that the package bomb that killed a teenager and wounded a woman on Monday is linked to a similar attackthat killed a man in another part of the city earlier this month. The man and the teenage victim of the explosions are Black and the woman is Hispanic, and investigators have not ruled out the possibility that the incidents were racially motivated.
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The first incident occurred on March 2, killing Anthony Stephan House, after a package exploded at his home. His death is being investigated as a homicide.
This week’s attacks killed a 17-year-old boy in an early Monday morning blast as he handled the package. A woman in her 40s was also caught in the explosion and hospitalized with serious injuries. Later that day, a 75-year-old woman was injured in a separate incident when she did the same. She was reported to be in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
At a press conference Austin Police Chief Brian Manley told reporters that in each of the cases, the packages were left overnight on the victims’ doorsteps and were not mailed or sent by a delivery service. The U.S. Postal Service confirmed to investigators that the packages did not come through their facilities, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
“We do not have a specific victimology or ideology that we have identified,” said Manley. “So assigning a motive to this at this point…is not possible to do that based on the state that we’re at in the investigation.
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It is not clear whether or not the victims were the intended recipients of the explosive packages, but earlier Monday, prior to the third explosion, Manley said he is not limiting the scope of the investigation.
“We don’t know what the motive behind these may be,” he said. “We do know that both of the homes that were the recipients of these packages belong to African-Americans, so we cannot rule out that hate crime is at the core of this. But we’re not saying that that’s the cause as well.”