Sheriff's office says racist fliers were random act

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FLUVANNA COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office says the distribution of KKK materials on Monday appears to have been a random act.

The sheriff's office says it received four phone calls from concerned citizens in the southern part of the county concerning the materials from the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

According to a release, the materials were found inside plastic bags that had been weighted with rocks or bird seed.

The sheriff's office says the group listed on the materials appears to be based in North Carolina and it is unclear who distributed them.

However, officials say it is apparent the distribution was timed to coincide with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day due to language in the materials attempting to disparage King.

The sheriff's office says it strongly denounces the language used in the material, but the wording itself is protected speech under the First Amendment.

The Commonwealth's Attorney Office is being consulted to see if the manner of the materials' distribution did violate any laws.

It does not appear that any particular person was specifically targeted by the materials.

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