Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Chief Patrick Molloy Issue a Joint Statement Regarding the Hate Literature Distributed in Abington Township

Today, Abington Township Police Officers responded to a report of hate literature distributed in the Meadowbrook section of the Township.  Flyers were left in several driveways promoting racial and ethnic discrimination, as well as promoting the KKK.  This kind of hate literature is alarming to all of us. The Detective Division is currently investigating this incident. This information has also been forwarded to the Pennsylvania State Attorney General, Josh Shapiro. The State Attorney General has issued the following statement, “Hate has no place in our communities and I am angered by the content of this literature. I know It does not reflect the views of the people of Pennsylvania and, as an Abington resident and Pennsylvania’s Attorney General, I am grateful to Chief Molloy and his outstanding local law enforcement team for swiftly taking appropriate action to address this matter. My office will continue to support the Abington PD as needed.” As the Chief of Police, and I have stated previously, all of us know that such speech is protected under the 1st Amendment, and the Abington Township Police Department strongly condemns this message. As a community, we take pride in the work that we do to bring people of all races, religions, sexual orientation and other backgrounds together, and we will continue to reject those on the fringe who seek to promote hatred and divide us.  The Abington Township Police Department will continue to promote peace and unity.

If you have any information about this matter or have any questions, please contact Abington Police Detective Phil Geliebter, or 267-536-1112.