Suffolk police are investigating the origin of what they said appeared to be recruitment fliers for the Ku Klux Klan that several West Babylon and Shirley residents found on their property Sunday morning, police said.
A resident of Mason Avenue in West Babylon brought a flier to the First Precinct, police said. Hate crimes unit detectives found two more fliers on Mason Drive and three more on a nearby street, police said.
The fliers, purporting to be from the North Carolina-based Loyal White Knights of the KKK, referenced last month's shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The fliers, which included "racist messages," police said, listed a website and phone number.
In Shirley, at least one resident called the police to report the fliers. About a dozen fliers in total were found on Musket Drive, Happy Acres Drive and Cypress Lane, police said.
Police said they are investigating whether the same person or group that distributed the fliers also dropped materials purporting to be from the KKK in Hampton Bays in July and August.