Racist fliers posted in northwest Denver neighborhood

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DENVER -- Someone with hatred in their heart is showcasing it for a Denver neighborhood to see.

People in a northwest Denver alerted police about some racist fliers posted on their streets.

It’s the second similar incident in Denver in about a week.

Now, police are looking for a culprit.

Police went door-to-door in the Highland neighborhood to see if anyone saw somebody posting the fliers.

It’s a crime ironic for this area, in the 3400 and 3500 block of Pecos St, which is still predominantly Hispanic.

Messages on a mural speak to the long immigrant nature of this Highland neighborhood in transition. The colorful wall shows quotes like “I come from people who dream of a better life” and “my family.”

But, new message derogatory of Hispanics—five of them—posted on telephone poles, have the community sending a message of their own.

"I think that's ridiculous," says resident Esther Serrano.

"The majority of people don't feel that way," says resident Cory Burgas.

Neighbors called police about the fliers along the two-block stretch of Pecos.

Immediately they came down and police concern shot up.

"This is meant to incite people is what it appears is the intent of the person posting this," says Denver Police Commander Paul Pazen.

Just days ago, residents of a Five Points neighborhood received racist letters that targeted an elderly black woman.

"We looked into that absolutely," says Pazen.

But he says the two have no connection whatsoever.

The earlier case is considered a hate crime.

This one, he says, is free speech.

"When we specifically target an individual, make threats to persons, that’s when it crosses the line from free speech to a criminal violation," he says.

At neighboring Black Eye Coffee, patrons hope the fliers don’t give the neighborhood a black eye.

"It's upsetting we can't just live together in peace and people are making a big deal out of it (diversity)," says Burgas.

Neighbors say the only message the person who posted the fliers is sending is they’re ignorant and intolerant.

"I figure it's somebody who's trying to make problems," says Serrano.

"People shouldn't be like that. I love everybody, no matter what color you are," says resident Margarita Fierro.

Since this crime did not threaten anyone or target an individual, it’s only considered a municipal violation of posting on public property.

Police are now processing the five fliers for evidence. They hope it leads to a suspect.


  • annpirie

    How ugly. Even if it is kids getting their jollies, a lesson needs to be learned, sooner than later.

  • Dick Peabody

    Free Speech is free speech. The 1st Amendment isn’t there to protect a Lost Dog flyer, it’s there to protect that which may offend. Get over it America, you’ve turned into a police state populated by the spineless.

    • Lupe

      Oh yeah?? Free speech??? It starts with a flier and it ends with a dead person. Should we wait until somebody gets killed then??? Hate crimes still happen and it all starts with a flier…

  • Anonymous

    I think they’re trolls putting these flyers up. A couple of kids that think it’s funny that they’re featured on the news.

    • JForce

      Most Hispanics are mestizos, hence not white.

      They are considered white when they commit crimes, though.

  • Jim

    Did we ever consider that the sign could have been produced by a minority? It says “the Whites”, not “us whites”.

    • Lupe

      Regardless of who did it, it shows racial intolerance and ignorance. We are in 2014, let’s not go back to the 60’s again…

  • Rob

    “A crime ironic for this neighborhood.”

    This “journalist” needs a serious neuron infusion. No crimes were committed. As for the “targeting” of the old black woman, that verb is used ALWAYS in cases like this. It means nothing w/o more details, and none were provided. Not by the reporter, not by the cop, not by anyone.

    And it’s funny how this misdemeanor is a “crime” here, yet illegal immigrants and their enablers get all in a huff when their misdemeanor border jumping is called a crime.

  • Anonymous

    The letters are made to incite, which is exactly what they are doing. Raising hackles means they are winning. So someone racist jerk is offended, maybe they need to be offended. Screw em, and move on

  • Rupert Bauer

    Anonymous person/group puts up racist flyers to incite reaction. It works. Besides, everyone knows there is nothing more manly and brave than attacking an enemy without letting them know who you are or giving them a chance to respond of fight back. It’s right below the tough guys that beat babies and the handicapped elderly.

  • Anonymous

    Get serious!
    We all know Democrats broke out the windows in their own headquarters.
    I bet a dollar to a donut these signs were put up by those with a Agenda to promote.

  • Lupe

    I feel that this could be “just a flier” but what if it is not??? What if we find some person of Hispanic heritage dead on the street after nobody did anything about these “fliers”???? We need to look at the bigger picture…

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