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Updated at 4 p.m.

Racially inflammatory fliers purportedly put out by the Ku Klux Klan turned up in two Fullerton neighborhoods, police said today.

About 100 fliers — which associate violent crime with blacks and Latinos — were found in the 200 block of North Yale Avenue and the 400 block of West Amerige Avenue, police said. The neighborhoods are about 1.5 miles from each other.

The fliers were placed in plastic bags, anchored with a small rock and a piece of candy.

“Unfortunately, these fliers don’t rise to the level of a crime, but it’s something we’re concerned about and tracking,” said Fullerton police Sgt. Kathryn Hamel.

Hamel said  that “obviously, there’s a lot of sensitivity with Charleston,” referring to the killing of nine black parishioners at a church in Charleston, S.C. — an attack allegedly carried out by a lone white gunman.

Hamel described the fliers as “hodgepodge-looking,” full of misspellings and “of very poor quality.” She did not know if the communications were actually put out by the Ku Klux Klan or someone using the name of the organization.

Similar fliers were found in Santa Ana in January and in Orange last July, Hamel said.

Rusty Kennedy, chief executive officer of OC Human Relations, noted that blacks are most frequent targets of hate crimes in the county.

“There is no doubt that while the African-American community is among our smallest, it is the most frequently targeted victim of hate crime in Orange County,” Kennedy told City News Service. “And has been since 1991 when we started documenting the data.”

Kennedy said Sunday’s discovery in Fullerton matched what happened in Santa Ana and Orange.

“Striking in the night this individual or individuals are tossing these baggies with weights in them so they don’t blow away into people’s yards,” Kennedy said. “In Orange, the resident who found them, collected them so his neighbors wouldn’t see them. What a gracious move… We are feeling the fear and anger of our neighbors in South Carolina, and regret that a hate monger would seize this opportunity to rub salt into that wound.”

— Wire Service Reports

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