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KKK fliers in Hamptons may be considered littering, cops say

Westhampton Beach police say the distribution of fliers by the Ku Klux Klan along a village street doesn’t break any laws but could violate a town ordinance against littering.

Village police said Tuesday they are investigating the fliers that were tossed onto driveways along Beach Lane and reported by residents on Sunday.

Each flier was protected by a plastic bag and weighted by rocks, police said.

“There is no crime at this time as the incident falls under freedom of speech; however, the throwing of the bags on private property can be portrayed as littering in the village code,” according to a news release from Police Chief Trevor Gonce.

Alison Akant, a Beach Lane resident, called the recruitment flier upsetting.

“I think the point was to disturb and upset,” she told News 12 Long Island, adding that she doubted residents would be joining the white supremacist group.

The flier refers to the Black Lives Matter movement and refers to black men shot recently by police as thugs.

Police said they contacted the Suffolk County police Hate Crimes Unit and also ask anyone with more information to contact Westhampton Beach detectives at 641-288-3444.

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