Forest Acres police investigating anti-Semitic flyers

Forest Acres police investigating anti-Semitic flyers
Forest Acres police investigating anti-Semitic flyers(Forest Acres Police Department)
Published: Jun. 27, 2022 at 11:54 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 1, 2022 at 9:40 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Forest Acres Police Department is investigating anti-Semitic flyers that were disseminated in Forest Acres and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Forest Acres Police says the flyers are not criminal in nature but are being investigated as thoroughly as if they were. At least 20 bags of flyers have been collected and are being processed for fingerprints.

Since learning of the first flyer, Forest Acres Police has been in communication with Rabbi Jonathan Case at the Beth Shalom Synagogue and has placed the building on Special Property.

The Richland County Sheriff’s Department is monitoring the Tree of Life and the Chabad of South Carolina as well.

At this time, police said they believe the people disseminating the flyers are not from the area and are passing through, due to other incidents involving similar flyers in recent months.

Flyers with similar messages have been found in the Myrtle Beach area, in Austin, Texas and in Tampa, Florida.

However, Robinson said that Forest Acres Police is “open to the idea that there are potential local suspects.”

Karen Turner discovered some of the flyers while she was walking in her neighborhood on the morning of June 18.

She called the flyers “ugly.”

Turner said that she picked up around 100 of them, and threw them away.

Several of the homeowners that WIS spoke to near where police say the flyers were discovered said that they did not see them.

Forest Acres Police Chief Don Robinson said he was offended by the flyers.

“We have a peaceful community here and I don’t appreciate anyone coming here and trying to create dissention and problems,” he said. “Their efforts are contradictory to our goals and desires.”

Case said that this is a “clarion call for good people to speak up and just say, ‘Not here, not in my community.’”

He added that he believes there is a need to pass a hate crimes law in South Carolina to ensure that people who are most vulnerable are protected.

Robinson said that after fingerprinting is done, the flyers will be assessed for possible DNA testing.

“If we identify someone, then we will conduct a full research packet on them and then investigate them to determine if they are violating any criminal laws,” he said. “If they are violating, then we will charge. We will consult with our prosecuting agency for criminal charges.”

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