KKK brochures found on Ellensburg lawns, driveways

COLUMBIA, SC - JULY 18: A Ku Klux Klan flies during a Klan demonstration at the state house building on July 18, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. The KKK protested the removal of the Confederate flag from the state house grounds, as law enforcement tried to prevent violence between the opposing groups. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Police in Ellensburg called the recent discovery of brochures promoting the Klu Klux Klan “abhorrent.”

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that three residents reported finding the brochures, prompting the city to post a statement on Facebook rejecting such extreme messaging and reaffirming that it values inclusiveness, diversity and tolerance.

“Their random delivery of the organization’s fliers left placed in rock filled bags thrown on to resident’s lawns and driveways is disruptive and disgraceful,” Ellensburg police said on their Facebook page.

Officials say the brochures do not appear to be tied to a growing presence of the white supremacist group in the area.

Mark Potok, a senior fellow with the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said the brochures may have been spread by a single sympathizer.

Similar reports of leaflets being distributed have popped up across the country over the past two years, including in the Spokane area.