KKK brochures found on Ellensburg lawns, driveways

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Police in Ellensburg called the recent discovery of brochures promoting the Klu Klux Klan "abhorrent."

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that three residents reported finding the brochures, prompting the city to post a statement on Facebook rejecting such extreme messaging and reaffirming that it values inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance.

"Their random delivery of the organization’s fliers left placed in rock filled bags thrown on to resident’s lawns and driveways is disruptive and disgraceful," Ellensburg police said on their Facebook page.

Officials say the brochures do not appear to be tied to a growing presence of the white supremacist group in the area.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said the brochures may have been spread by a single sympathizer.

Similar reports of leaflets being distributed have popped up across the country over the past two years, including in the Spokane area.