07/11/2013 12:38 pm ET Updated Jul 11, 2013

Dannel Malloy Slams KKK Fliers: 'I Don't Want Somebody Soiling Our State's Reputation'

Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) made it clear the Ku Klux Klan isn't wanted in Connecticut.

Malloy and other officials gathered Wednesday at Milford City Hall to denounce fliers left around the town by the United Klans of America. The fliers advertised a neighborhood watch group, saying "you can sleep well tonight knowing the UKA is awake."

"Let's be very clear: Klan and Klan affiliated organizations are not welcome in Connecticut," Malloy said, according to the Associated Press. "No one in their right mind is asking you to be here and I mean that."

"I don't want somebody soiling our state's reputation or Milford's reputation," Malloy said

The AP reports:

Police Chief Keith Mello said 42 fliers were found Monday and police learned Wednesday another seven were left in another part of the city. He said it's illegal under state and local laws to leave advertisements on private property without the owners' permission and the group was warned to stop.

Mayor Benjamin Blake condemned the fliers, saying the town doesn't tolerate hate groups. Anti-Klan protesters also attended the news conference.

Police are investigating and seeking witnesses who saw people distributing the fliers.

The KKK has sparked outrage in several states in recent days. Fliers in Missouri advertised a KKK "neighbordhood watch," fliers in Iowa listed information about a “24 Hour Klanline."



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