A few Quad-City Times readers reported finding flyers connected to a white supremacist organization with their papers Wednesday morning, Publisher Debbie Anselm said.
As the matter was investigated, it was determined the flyers were not included with the Times, nor delivered by one its carriers, but wrapped around free publications that are readily available in the Quad-Cities, and then bagged and tossed onto curbs in neighborhoods in Bettendorf and Moline, she said.
Some of the free publications are produced by the Quad-City Times.
The Times issued a statement that said, in part, “While we fully support everyone’s right to express their political opinions, we unequivocally condemn these acts and the ideas they represent.”
Bettendorf Police Capt. Keith Kimball said a resident walking a dog in a neighborhood south east of 18th Street and 53rd Avenue discovered the plastic bags containing the flyers and called police.
The bags appeared to have been tossed onto the driveway part of the sidewalk or at the bottom of driveways in the neighborhood, he said.
“If you happened to see them, you may take it for something legitimate or maybe associated with the Quad-City Times, which it wasn’t,” Kimball said. “It had nothing to do with it.”
The flyers themselves do not violate any laws, he said and added that it may constitute littering.
Kimball said “it’s good to let us know” if similar flyers appear on lawns or driveways and that the best thing to do is to dispose of them.
Moline Police Detective Michael Griffin said that department received a few complaints from Moline residents beginning mid-morning.
Anselm said customers can report receiving the flyers to the Times via its Facebook page, or by contacting the paper at 500 E. 3rd St., Davenport, 563-383-2200.