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May 14, 2018

Leaflets from Ku Klux Klan chapter behind Charlottesville riot found on Montco lawns

Hatboro police are investigating origin of literature from KKK's Loyal White Knights

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Kristen Oswald, of Royersford, Montgomery County, died during an Ironman triathlon in Ohio on Sunday after being struck by a commercial truck struck while she was cycling on the course. 

Officials are investigating after promotional materials for the Ku Klux Klan were reportedly found left on properties in one Montgomery County town Saturday.

The leaflets from the Loyal White Knights, a self-described “non-violent pro-white civil rights” chapter of the KKK, were left on front lawns in Hatboro. The flyers were inside plastic bags with candy hearts.

“Blacks are taking over your TOWN as you read this,” read the paper promoting the organization.

“[B]ut if you don’t want to fight for yourself at least fight for your children’s future! YOU are your own worst ENEMY if you do not join us and stand for your rights as a White American!”

The flyers also included information for a KKK national hotline and radio show.

The Loyal White Knights group is based in North Carolina and linked to the Unite the Right rally – the two-day white supremacist riot held in Charlottesville, Virginia, last August. The group has been leaving promotional materials at homes throughout Pennsylvania and other states . Last year similar leaflets were reported in Ambler and parts of Upper Dublin Township.

Hatboro Police Chief James Gardner told the Associated Press that police are investigating the incident and are concerned about “someone going in the middle of the night and putting things on people’s lawns.” He also said he was unaware of any racial tension in the community that would have prompted the incident.