PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Several hundred people gathered in Providence as Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza and other officials denounced racist flyers distributed throughout a Rhode Island city over the weekend.
The flyers were left in doorways and placed on signs around McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket. The covers read, “Negro Crime in Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s Sanctuary City,” and the interior listed African American residents who have been charged with a crime.
The flyers also had an image of the head of the city’s NAACP chapter, Jim Vincent, on the cover.
Vincent said during the gathering Monday he is unfazed by the flyers. He says it emboldens him to do more.
Elorza says the city will not allow hate to become normalized.
Authorities say they have not opened a criminal investigation into the matter.