Flyers with 'hate propaganda' and conspiracy theories dropped in Fresno

Police are investigating after plastic bags filled with pamphlets containing hate messages and conspiracy theories were dumped in the driveways of Fresno homes on Friday morning.

Residents of a suburban neighborhood found the bags and reported them to authorities, the Fresno Police Department said in a statement. Police canvassed the neighborhood, which authorities did not identify, to remove any additional flyers and look for homes or businesses that might have useful video surveillance.

The recovered fliers do not contain “direct threats to any member of our community,” authorities said, but rather “general hate propaganda and unfounded conspiracy theories.”

“This is currently being investigated as a hate incident,” the department said in its statement.

Police did not reveal the contents of the fliers, but The Fresno Bee reported that they contained anti-Semitic, homophobic and misogynistic rhetoric.

This is far from the first sudden appearance of anti-Semitic and hate-filled fliers in California. In recent years, such fliers have been seen scattered or posted anonymously in communities such as Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Redlands, as well as Orange County.

Anyone with information about this latest incident is asked to contact the Fresno Police Department at (559) 621-7000.

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