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Update: Police Identify Man Who Distributed Racist Fliers, Say Fliers Represent Free Speech

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(Update, Dec. 13) – Brighton Police said they’ve identified the 32-year-old male who’s been distributing racist fliers throughout Monroe County recently; however, there will be no criminal charges filed in the case.

Police have declined to release the name of the individual, because he will not be facing any charges for distributing the fliers, which was protected by his first amendment right to free speech.

“He stated to police he did not mean to cause harm to anyone, or cause alarm to the communities,” Brighton Police Chief Mark Henderson stated.

According to authorities, they’ve consulted with the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office regarding the matter, and there will be no formal prosecution of the case.

The individual began distributing the fliers, titled “Make America Great Again,” in residents’ driveways in September, directing them to a racist website.

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(From Nov. 14) – More racist fliers were distributed in Pittsford over the weekend, prompting local residents to hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. in the Spiegel Recreation Center, at 35 Lincoln Ave, on Nov. 14.

An unknown individual began distributing the fliers, titled “Make America Great Again,” in residents’ driveways in September, directing them to a racist website.

According to an article in the Democrat and Chronicle, there has also been an uptick in national hate crimes recently.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has reportedly received more than 200 complaints of alleged hate crimes since Nov 8., following the results of the recent presidential election.

(From Sept. 30) – Pittsford residents have formed a group called “Pittsforward,” a group designed to show unity in the face of racist fliers that were recently distributed throughout the area’s neighborhoods.

An unknown individual left the fliers, titled “Make America Great Again,” in residents’ driveways Sept. 21, directing them to a racist website.

According to reports, the organization behind the website said its purpose is to “network like-minded whites for the furtherance of the European white races.”

In response, Pittsforward held a “Unity Walk”  Oct. 2, which began at the Spiegel Community Center, near Sutherland High School at 3 p.m. that day.

The walk ended at Carpenter Park along the Erie Canal.

In the future, organizers of the walk said they hope to unite the community around positive conversations regarding race.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/PittsFORWARD/ for additional information regarding the group.

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