Community reacts to lack of charges in racist flier investigation

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When the fliers advertising a website promoting white supremacy in the Rochester area first made their way to Brighton, Sanjay Hiranandani’s neighborhood was the target.

Tuesday, he and the rest of the community learned police now know who’s behind these fliers, but law enforcement officials aren’t naming the man because he’s not being charged with a crime.

“You know, I do think there is something hateful. It is a hateful action. It likely should be illegal,” said Hiranandani, who showed News 8 his home surveillance video depicting a vehicle dropping off a flier in the dead of night in October.

Even before then, groups like PittsForward had spoken out against the actions of the person behind the fliers and its message. The group’s organizers continue to condemn the actions of this individual.

“It’s a seed, and they are recruiting people who look like me to harm people who look like my children, and that is not okay. It is not going to be tolerated,” said Kendra Evans.

“We’re here. We’re not going anywhere. So it’s in our interest to figure out how to work together, live together, and make America good for everyone,” said Kevin Beckford.

While police aren’t releasing an ID, News 8 obtained emails from someone who pretended to be a supporter. In them, the man behind the fliers claims to be working on establishing a non-profit to further his cause. He also says he’s reached out to other like-minded groups.

To Hiranandani, all this has not harmed Rochester or its image.

“We’re a diverse family, we have diverse neighbors, we celebrate a little bit of everything. I think what this incident has done is serve as a reminder of that,” he said.

Still, he and members of PittsForward wish whoever the man is behind this website will engage in a dialogue. 

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