Hate group posts flyers in downtown Oak Park

Oak Park police call on public to remove notices from public way

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By Timothy Inklebarger

Staff Reporter

Flyers from a white supremacist hate group calling itself Blood and Soil began appearing, taped to lampposts in the public way, on Friday, May 11, in downtown Oak Park, and Oak Park police are calling on residents to remove them.

The flyers called on residents to report "illegal aliens" to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security tip line, listing the agency number and stating: "They are not immigrants, they are criminals."

Oak Park Deputy Police Chief Frank Limon said in a telephone interview that "it's illegal to post these signs in the public right of way."

"We're going request people who see them to remove them, and if officers find them, we're going to remove them," Limon said.

He said anyone caught posting such flyers would be issued a citation.

It is the second time this year white supremacists have tried to spread messages in Oak Park. In February, members of a group calling themselves Identity Evropa was captured on video hanging a banner over the Ridgeland Avenue overpass of the I-290 Expressway that stated: "Danger: Sanctuary City Ahead."

Officers happened upon the six men and told them to remove the banner. Several of the men featured in the video, which was posted on the Chicago CBS2 website, covered their faces with masks to hide their identities.

CONTACT: tim@oakpark.com

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Jim Frenkel  

Posted: May 16th, 2018 2:57 PM

And for the record, I find those flyers and the group behind them repugnant.

Jim Frenkel  

Posted: May 16th, 2018 2:56 PM

Jeffrey Smith is only baiting others. As noted in the comments section in other stories, and admitted by Mr. Smith himself, his goal is to post comments that incite others' outrage, and not truly lead to dialogue. He is, by every definition, an Internet troll and should be ignored.

Ramona Lopez  

Posted: May 15th, 2018 12:48 PM

Jeffrey.....I don't think any reasonable or prudent person would find these posters acceptable. Give it time, they'll come around. With that, as I look at all 3 pictures, the one that states "America, Revolution is Tradition" could apply to either alt-right or far left antifa groups. We were founded via revolution and the Boston Tea Party played a significant role in our history. Not sure why you would think people would blame liberals for these posters. Clearly, these are fringe alt-right folks doing this.

Werner Huget from Oak Park  

Posted: May 15th, 2018 10:49 AM

Hatred has no place in an open, civilized community.

Jeffrey Smith  

Posted: May 14th, 2018 6:54 PM

Strange that those who usually rush to comment on any matter related to race, equality, integration, and other matters regarding Oak Park are nowhere to be found in the comments yet. They should be here shortly to blame liberals.

Mak Flournoy  

Posted: May 14th, 2018 6:28 PM


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