TUCKER, Ga. - Neighbors in a diverse Tucker community said they felt outrage and fear after racist KKK flyers were found outside their homes.
Residents told FOX 5 Friday early evening, they found the flyers inside baggies and with candy boxes outside homes in the Lehaven community off Lavista Road.
Neighbors called 911 and said an officer with DeKalb Police came and collected the rest of the flyers.
The flyer states, "The KKK wants you!" and asks for recruits to "fight the spread of Islam." The phone number on the paper reaches a voicemail recording with numerous racial slurs and asks for recruits to the KKK in North Carolina.
Residents of different backgrounds and faiths spoke to FOX 5 off-camera for fear of their safety. No one saw who distributed the papers, and residents ask if this was truly a recruiting attempt, a scare tactic, or a stunt or a prank.
THIS IS 2018: KKK flyers were found in a neighborhood in Tucker, Ga.— Jaclyn Schultz FOX 5 (@jaclynFOX5ATL) October 29, 2018
Residents of different backgrounds and faiths say they're outraged, and some are fearful.
Their questions: Is this a recruiting tactic? A way to scare people? Or all a stunt? @FOX5Atlanta @akmcafee pic.twitter.com/59czf2iYwM
Some residents were concerned the flyers appeared days before Election Day.
"Disturbing and upsetting," said Amber Ehrman Jones, the HOA president, who said the quiet community is home to people of many different ethnicities and mirrors the diversity of the Tucker area. She said the HOA is working to find surveillance to provide to police.
"We'll do our best to find out who they are," she said and has a message for the culprits: "Go away-- and stop," Herman Jones said.
In response to the flyers, Tucker Mayor Frank Auman sent the following statement to FOX 5:
"Over the course of the weekend, several truly repugnant flyers have been left in different parts of the DeKalb County community, including some here in Tucker. We have been working closely with DeKalb County Police and investigators with DeKalb County Homeland Security to find the people responsible for the flyers.The type of message included in these flyers is in direct contrast to the values we hold at the core of our Tucker community. Ours is a city full of loving and kind-hearted people from all different backgrounds. We say that Tucker is a place where people are welcome to live, work, play and pray. We mean that. Tucker’s residents will not be subjected to this kind of small-minded and hateful messaging. Our City leadership and our partners with the DeKalb County Police will make sure of it. If anyone has information about the people distributing these flyers, I would ask you to call the DeKalb County Police Department at (678) 406-7929.”