Bowie Police investigate anti-Semitic and hate propaganda flyers in residential area

Bowie Police Department investigates hate propaganda flyers

Our agency is aware of online conversations regarding a call for service that took place today, Saturday, February 19, 2022, along Crosswick Turn, involving flyers containing hate material left in residential driveways. This afternoon, an online message was posted indicating that Bowie’s officers were planting this material. We recognize that this is a serious accusation and we welcome the opportunity to comment publicly on this incident.

At approximately 10:20 a.m., the Bowie Police Department responded to Crosswick Turn for the report of political propaganda material left in residents’ driveways. Once at the scene, officers observed cards containing anti-Semitic and political propaganda placed in plastic bags, weighted with corn, in many aisles.

Officers picked up the flyers and spoke to several residents; the area was cleared around 11:07 a.m. After learning that comments online suggested an officer’s involvement, a review of body camera footage was conducted. Responding officers were shown to be cleaning material from the area only and commenting on the importance of removing material.

We applaud their work to ensure that hate messages have been removed properly. The Bowie Police Department is actively investigating this incident to determine its origin. As a precaution, we have increased patrols in these neighborhoods. If you received a flyer, contact us at 240-544-5700.

If a resident has an outdoor home security camera that may have captured video relevant to this incident, please save the media and forward it to our department. You can do this by emailing [email protected] or submitting via https://www.publicstuff.com/submit.

Sadly, there are reports of these weighted bags filled with hate material all over our country, even in neighboring counties. We want to make it clear that there is no place for hate or such despicable acts in the Bowie community.

We encourage anyone with information about this incident to contact us at 240-544-5700.