BRISTOL - City officials and police are urging residents to come forward with information after two fliers with racist overtones were found on a Bristol road Sunday.
The same two fliers were posted in a Southington neighborhood over the weekend.
A Bristol resident found the fliers attached to a light post Sunday and brought them to police, Lt. Richard Guerrera said.
One of the fliers shows an image of Abraham Lincoln with the words “We founded this nation” and a second flier says “Take your country back.” The fliers are identical to the ones found in Southington.
The flier titled “Take your country back” started with “look around white man” and went on to say that “open borders, affirmative action, and Marxist political correctness” were destroying “your race and heritage.”
“This is unacceptable behavior,” Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne said Thursday. “We are much better than these fliers. To think that someone would do that is downright disgusting.”
Southington town officials offered a similar response. “It’s abhorrent,” Town Manager Garry Brumback said Wednesday. “There is no place for that in our society or in this town.”
In March 2016, Southington police investigated a similar rash of “white power” fliers that referenced the “American Nazi Party” with swastikas. Town and church leaders acted quickly to rally in a show of support for all people in Southington after the discovery. No arrests have been made.
Guerrera and Cockayne said they can’t recall any similar filers being distributed in Bristol.
Cockayne urged anyone who has any information about the fliers to come forward to police. “If you think you know something, let the police know and let them check into it,” Cockayne said. “Any small lead could bring in something you don’t expect.”
If anyone has any information on the Bristol fliers, call Bristol police at 860-584-3000.