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Phone Number On KKK Flyer Linked To Lawsuit Filed By Charlottesville Victim

The phone number listed on the bottom of a Ku Klux Klan flyer distributed throughout Bloomington Monday is linked to a lawsuit filed by a man who was injured while protesting the 2017 ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville.

Court documents say Bill Burke of Athens, Ohio was among 35 people injured after James Fields Jr. drove his car through a crowd of protestors. One woman died during the attack.

Burke is suing several prominent white nationalists, including David Duke, Richard Spencer and Mathew Heimbach. Heimbach lived in Paoli and founded the Traditionalist Workers Party, which advocated for racially pure nations and communities.

Burke is also suing the Honorable Sacred Knights, which is the organization listed on flyers found in Bloomington. Bloomington Police say at least ten of the documents were found throughout the city Monday, advertising a KKK ‘neighborhood watch.’ The flyers also included a phone number, which matches a number listed in the lawsuit Burke filed.

Court documents say Burke received threatening text messages from the number. In the texts, the Sacred Knight Member appears to believe he is texting Burke’s wife and says “Let him know we are your doctors lawyers police and neighbors . . . we don’t do Jew social media, but we do see. So maybe let him know that he should just back off and stop spreading rumors.”­­

The court documents don’t tie the phone number to a specific individual.

Burke is seeking a protective order against the Sacred Knights and damages.

Bloomington Police Department Spokesperson Ryan Pedigo says they are investigating the origins of the Bloomington flyers and whether those responsible are affiliated with the KKK.

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