Cameras catch man distributing KKK fliers overnight in Lafayette

Municipal cameras captured this image on the night KKK materials showed up in this Lafayette neighborhood. (Photo: City of Lafayette)
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WTHR) — Fliers promoting the Ku Klux Klan are are showing up again in Lafayette.

City public safety cameras caught an image of a man at the corner of Sixth and Main streets at around 3 a.m.

The man can be seen dropping a small, flat package on the step in front of a store, then continue on his way.


"I just read it on Facebook," said Tim Manus, sitting across from the drop location Thursday evening. Asked what he made of it, Manus said "I don’t know. I don't care that much for the KKK."

That's what the overnight drops were all about. Delivering locking plastic baggies containing information on the KKK. Each bag had a rock inside to make sure it didn't blow away.

"Probably not a good idea," said Manus of the overnight timing. "Especially since somebody might think someone's trying to break in at 3 o'clock in the morning."

The man's movement activated security cameras. Other city cameras captured him working the other side of the street. It's the second time in just over a year someone's made the late night Klan brochure deliveries around this area.

Last summer, the same thing happened on the southeast side of Indianapolis. A mom told Eyewitness News she went door-to-door retrieving the packages before kids could find them as they headed to school. She said she didn't want them assaulted by the anti-immigrant messages inside.

"It seems pretty terrible," said Tom, walking down Main Street Thursday evening, referring to the anonymous, overnight deliveries. "That doesn't sound good either. Sounds kind of poor."

"I think he's probably embarrassed by what he's doing first of all. I think that it takes a community to let them know it is not wanted here," said Jan Slate, heading into a nearby eatery.

"People have a First Amendment right to free speech, but when that infringes on a person's right to safety, I think oftentimes people overstepped the bounds of what free speech allows for," Matt Stonebraker said.

"I think it's totally uncalled for. There's no place for that in this community," said Joe Camp, carrying his grandchild to the car.

Residents said they were glad Lafayette's 127 public safety cameras are on duty and watching.