COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (Fox 9) – The Cottage Grove Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying members of a white supremacist group who have been distributing hate propaganda flyers in the aisles of the Metro East over the past few days.
“Hate will not be tolerated in Cottage Grove. Period. The information in these flyers does not represent who we stand for as a police department or community,” Police Chief Pete Koerner said in a Facebook post. of the department.
Cottage Grove Police are asking members of the public who may have photos or video of the suspects captured by home security systems to call the department at 651-439-9381.
A resident of St. Paul Park, a neighbor of Cottage Grove, posted on Facebook that she also found white supremacist flyers in her driveway Saturday morning. The flyers advanced a version of the racist “Great Replacement” conspiracy theory and were distributed in plastic bags weighed down with rice.
In the post, Cottage Grove PD said that while the information in the flyers was not illegal, the content was disturbing. A department sergeant told Fox 9 they may pursue the littering charges against the suspects and investigate as a precaution.
In May, an 18-year-old white supremacist who also supported the “great replacement” theory shot and killed 10 people at a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York,
The St. Paul Park flyer included a link to a Telegram page, where an anonymous user posted a video that appears to show a man, whose face is blurred, handing out copies of the same flyer by throwing them down the aisles from a window car. . The caption of the video claims the group distributed 1,000 flyers in Minnesota in June.
The page and another associated with were filled with racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic messages. They included links to media coverage of anti-Semitic fliers that were distributed near a Jewish school in St. Paul last week, raising the possibility that the two incidents are linked.