Sheriff: Threats of racial targeting are `rumors to scare and create panic`

Published: Jul. 16, 2015 at 2:21 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2015 at 2:21 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - As we inch closer to Saturday and a planned rally from the Ku Klux Klan in front of the State House, several rumors are floating around the Midlands and through social media about racial targeting.

According to these rumors, individuals with Confederate flags are targeting African-Americans and running them off the road.

However, Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says these rumors are just that -- rumors -- and that there have been no reports of an incidents like that with his department.

Lott said his department will "aggressively go after any and all responsible" if they take part in the rumored targeting.

"The Sheriff stated that these rumors are to scare and create panic," Richland County Sheriff's Department spokesman Lt. Curtis Wilson said in a statement.

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