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Monday, May 08, 2017

Police Chief Vows to Find Those Behind Racist Flyers

Westport Police Chief Foti Koskinas vowed today to work diligently to track down those who tossed white supremacist flyers in some Westport driveways.

“Not only do we want to keep our community safe, but we strive to also give peace of mind,” he said in a statement.

“When you combine the content of the flyer and the nature in which this was done, we recognize the concern and alarm it may cause. 

“We are working diligently to determine who is responsible, and look further into the motive.” 

The flyers, wrapped in plastic, were found in the Long Lots Road, North Avenue, and Hillspoint Road areas, the latter not far from The Conservative Synagogue.

Earlier, Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe denounced the flyers. “I am concerned and angry that once again statements like this have found their way to Westport homes,” he said in a statement.

The Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, in a statement, called it a “cowardly act.” It said it had been in touch with Koskinas as well as the regional office of the Anti-Defamation League.

“While this is not the first—and, sadly, will likely not be the last—act of hate to occur in our neighborhoods, it is incredibly comforting to know that we live in a community where those spewing the language of intolerance and hate find no welcome,” the statement said.

“As we are grateful for a community that always stands with its Jewish neighbors, so we equally commit ourselves to standing with all those who are the target of intolerance.”

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Posted 05/08/17 at 03:57 PM  Permalink



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