A Missouri chapter of the Ku Klux Klan distributed fliers near Ferguson, Mo. and via social media threatening protestors with the use of “lethal force,” Vice News reported on Thursday.
The flier, which was addressed to “the terrorists masquerading as ‘peaceful protestors,'” was circulated by the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan. It alleged that protestors had “awakened a sleeping giant” and claimed to be a warning.
“We will use lethal force as provided under Missouri law to defend ourselves,” the flier said. “There will be consequences for your acts of violence against the peaceful, law abiding citizens of Missouri.”
The flier is below, via Vice News:
This move comes as Ferguson and the state of Missouri prepare for possible protests over the expected announcement about whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be charged in the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. A grand jury has been hearing evidence to determine whether charges should be brought against the officer for the August shooting death.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) announced on Wednesday that the National Guard would be prepared should violence erupt in Ferguson.
Ahiza Garcia is a newswriter based in New York City. Before joining TPM, Ahiza interned and freelanced for Nightline, Fox Sports, and ESPN the Magazine. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Columbia University and an M.S. in digital journalism from Syracuse University. She can be reached at email@example.com.