The Newnan police department has received a number of calls about flyers that say, “You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!”
Residents in neighborhoods around College Street, Waverly Circle and Riva Ridge all reported finding the flyers on their driveways Sunday morning.“I was kind of shocked,” said Susan Conlan, who lives on College Street. “I didn’t think that organization still existed. I’m disappointed to think it might be here in Newnan.”
Conlan said she saw several flyers on College Street between Wesley Street and Temple Avenue.
In a prepared statement, the Newnan Police Department officials said it “has received several telephone calls from Newnan residences as well as inquiries from the news media about handbills being passed out this weekend in Newnan.”
The police stated in the release that any person or organization wishing to distribute handbills must have a permit from the chief of police. The Klan organization did not get a permit, according to police.
Ancona said the intent of the flyer was so residents will know the Klan is watching out for crime and will report it to law enforcement.
Exactly how many handbills were distributed is unknown.
In a follow-up response, Newnan Police Deputy Police Chief Rodney Riggs said, “At this point there are no known members of the group to take action against. If members are identified and the person responsible for the distribution can be identified, we will consider action at that time.”