Hate Messages Resurface Cole County

1 decade 6 months 1 week ago March 21, 2006 Mar 21, 2006 Tuesday, March 21 2006 Tuesday, March 21, 2006 5:52:43 PM CST in News

"In the trash can. In the trash."

Lillian Hill told her 6-year-old grandson where to dump the flyers he found when he got off the bus Monday. The flyers are hate messages disguised as newspapers.

Similar mesages showed up on vehicle windshields at Capital City Mall last October. Jefferson City police said the Missouri chapter of the National Socialist Movement, an anti-minority hate group, might be responsible.

Hill is most upset about where the group is sending its message.

"Once it gets into the home, it becomes a danger, a real danger, not to the kids but to the parents as well."

And, Hill said, another issue is involved.

"We have freedom of speech," she explained. "But, the fact that it's on my property infringes upon my rights as to whether I choose to listen to them or not."

Law officers agreed with Hill.

"My biggest concern is any conflicts that may occur between our citizens and somebody who's trying to force their opinion on them," said Michael Smith of the Jefferson City Police Department.

"Simply put, I find the literature disgusting and I certainly don't want it in my neighborhood and I would rather not see it in the county," added Sheriff Greg White.

But, the city said it could only prosecute the group for possible violation of its littering law.

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