Bowie Police deny rumors that officers are distributing ‘hate material’

Bowie, Maryland police are refuting online claims that officers from their department left anti-Semitic and political propaganda flyers in community aisles.

Bowie, Maryland police are refuting online claims that officers from their department left anti-Semitic and political propaganda flyers in the driveways of community residents.

A Facebook post from the City of Bowie Police Department said that around 10:20 a.m. Saturday morning, officers responded to reports of political propaganda left in a local resident’s driveway.

When officers arrived in the neighborhood, they discovered “cards containing anti-Semitic and political propaganda placed in plastic bags, weighted with corn, in many aisles.”



According to the post, officers collected the flyers and spoke to several residents, saying the area was cleared by 11:07 a.m. Later that day, after online comments suggested police were involved in the material distribution, the department examined the body camera. images of responding agents.

According to Bowie Police, body camera footage showed responding officers “only removing material from the area and commenting on the importance of removing material.”

“Unfortunately, reports of these weighted bags filled with hate material being left at many doorways are coming in from all over the country, even neighboring counties,” police said. “We want to make it clear that there is no place for hate or these despicable acts in the Bowie community,” the post said.

The incident matched another reported instance of anti-Semitic propaganda and flyers carpeting the area around Montgomery County, Maryland a few months before this incident.

Bowie police said they are actively investigating the distribution of the hate-filled flyers and have increased patrols in areas where they were found.

Police are asking any residents who may have information or an outdoor home security camera to contact them at 240-544-5700. Residents with video footage can submit files to the Bowie Police Department by emailing IMPACT@cityofbowie.org or visiting https://www.publicstuff.com/submit.

Jessica Kronzer of WTOP contributed to this report.

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