By Kevin Deutsch
Antisemitic pamphlets were left at homes in Coral Springs and Parkland Tuesday morning.
The Broward Sheriff’s Office Threat Management Unit is working to identify who delivered the anti-Jewish literature in Parkland. The Coral Springs Police Department investigation unit is probing the incidents in their jurisdiction.
The acts of hate came to BSO’s attention around noon Tuesday, when a resident in the 6700 block of Northwest 63rd Way in Parkland said she had found “a baggie containing an antisemitic pamphlet and corn kernels on her driveway” earlier that day.
Investigators discovered that baggies with similar hate speech directed at Jews were left at several other homes in the neighborhood and homes in the Brookside neighborhood in Coral Springs.
It was not immediately clear how many local homes were targeted in total, or why corn kernels were included in the bags.
The pamphlets were also left at homes in Miami, Coral Gables, Orlando, and Jacksonville, among other Florida cities, authorities said.
The pamphlets referenced gun control and immigration and showed the faces of prominent politicians with the Star of David on their foreheads, authorities said.
“We collected some of the flyers yesterday, and our investigations unit is working on it,” said Coral Springs Police Officer Chris Swinson, a spokesman for the agency. “We did discover that this is occurring around the country and has been since the first documented case in January.”
BSO detectives ask for anyone with surveillance video of the person or people responsible for delivering the pamphlets or any information regarding the incidents to share that information with detectives.
Tipsters should contact BSO TMU Detective Chris Anderson at 954-831-8230. If they wish to remain anonymous, they can contact Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or browardcrimestoppers.org.
They can also call **TIPS (8477) from any cellphone in the United States. Information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $5,000, authorities said.
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- Kevin Deutsch is an award-winning crime journalist and author. A graduate of Florida International University, Kevin has worked on staff at The Miami Herald, New York Daily News, and The Palm Beach Post.