State, Providence Police Launch Investigation Into Hate Crime

Oct 16, 2015

An investigation is underway in Providence after white supremacist flyers were found in an East Side neighborhood. Authorities are classifying the incident as a hate crime.

Twenty-two flyers were found by law enforcement on Thursday morning, stuffed into rice filled plastic baggies. They were dropped in a neighborhood that’s home to a large Jewish Community Center, and Brown University. The flyers contained racist and anti-Semitic messages. Initial tests for toxic substances came back negative

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says he has notified other law enforcement agencies of a “hate crime.”

“There are potential crimes both federally and on the state level, we will be fully prosecuting someone if we identify who is responsible,” said Pare. “This cannot be tolerated.”

Pare says several law enforcement agencies have gotten involved in the investigation, and believes it is a violation of state and federal law.

“We have joined in with the FBI and the state police, and our local violent fugitive task force,” said Pare.

The flyers reference the Ku-Klux Klan, but Pare, says it’s unclear whether the Klan played any role in the incident. Pare says he does not believe there are any active Klan groups in the state.

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