Ashland police investigating hate symbols leaflets posted downtown

Police investigating hate symbols posted on businesses

ASHLAND, Va. (WWBT) - Ashland police officers are investigating several hate symbol leaflets that were posted on businesses on Sunday morning.

Officers found leaflets in downtown Ashland that showed swastikas and text stating “We are everywhere.”

Police say there are currently no other reports of vandalism or criminal behavior. The leaflets were collected by officers to document the incident and pursue the investigation.

“On behalf of the Town, I want to reply to those who littered our Town: We will pick up the trash you dropped,” said Ashland Mayor Steve Trivett. “Ashlanders will never be intimidated or influenced by any of the sour and sick extremisms that desire power yet deserve none. In Ashland we reserve our ‘extremisms’ for compassion, fellowship, and respect for others.”

Private video camera captured several individuals lurking around the downtown area just after 3:00 a.m. on Jan. 17. The leaflets were found near Railroad Avenue.

Ashland police is asking businesses in the area to review any video surveillance footage between 3-4 a.m.

“This action is despicable. This brand of hate and division has no place in Ashland or anywhere else,” said Ashland Police Chief Doug Goodman. “We will continue to investigate this case and pursue enforcement actions as allowed by the Code of Virginia.”

Anyone with information about this incident should contact the Ashland Police Department at 804-365-6140 or leave a tip at this link.

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