Some residents in Middletown received a flier Monday from a group that addresses itself as the “White Guard” promising to protect white people.
Middletown police say a blaze that injured a firefighter early Tuesday was intentionally set by teens retaliating against their neighbor.
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio – Some residents in Middletown received a flier Monday from a group that addresses itself as the “White Guard” promising to protect white people.
The racially explicit letter raised concerns for Middletown police.
The one sheet flier mentioned the May 13 arson of Jennifer Chitwood’s home on Roosevelt Boulevard. Chitwood is a white mother of two children.
On May 14, Thaddeus Shields, 18, of 1327 Woodlawn Ave., and a 17-year-old male were arrested for the fire on May 14.
The group cited the incident as one reason for their self-appointed mission to protect people from “the ongoing war against our people.”
“We’re concerned someone is spreading these fliers that are racially motived,” said Middletown police Lt. Scott Reeves to the Journal-News.
Chitwood said she was unaware of the flier and that what happened to her was not about race.
“It was a bunch of teens not having good parents and not being respectful. It wasn’t about black or white,” she told the Journal-News.
The ‘White Guard’ left an email and 1-800 phone number on their flier for contact information. When contacted via phone and email by the Journal-News the group responded to their questions saying it was not racist for white people to stand up to black on white crime.
Police did recover security video of a person putting fliers on cars, but have not yet identified them.
Mike Soule, who owns a Middletown business, caught the image of the man at about 12:34 a.m. Monday. Soule found one of the fliers on his car.
“I threw it in the trash where it belongs,” said Soule, who is white.
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