Friday, July 8, 2022

Sheriff's Office Investigating Anti-Semitic Flyers with State, Federal Agencies

Posted By on Fri, Jul 8, 2022 at 4:40 PM


The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office is working with state and federal law enforcement agencies to investigate a rash of anti-Semitic materials that have been distributed in the area in recent days.

“I would like to thank the numerous members of our community who immediately notified my office upon finding these materials,” Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said in a news release. “Hate has no place in Humboldt County, and we will not tolerate the use of fear or intimidation to promote a hate-filled political agenda.”

According to the release, the sheriff’s Terrorism Liaison Office, "in coordination with state and federal law enforcement partners, is investigating the origin of this material and its distribution within our county."

As the Journal previously reported, a neighborhood in Arcata was targeted July 4 with flyers bearing the names and faces of prominent Biden administration officials and national media executives, some of whom were depicted with a blue Star of David on their forehead.

Arcata Police Chief Brian Ahearn has urged community members there to contact the APD.

At least three different flyers were distributed in the Sunset neighborhood near Lincoln and Eastern avenues, not far from Arcata Elementary School, where one resident told the Journal they found the leaflets on their driveway in separate plastic bags, each weighed down by three pennies.

Eureka residents have also reported finding similar material in that city, including near the Temple Beth El.

Eureka Police Capt. Brian Stephens told the Journal today that, to his knowledge, "our department hasn’t been notified of any flyers found in Eureka," but he was aware of the social media posts. He also said APD representatives discussed the Sunset neighborhood situation during a regular meeting this week between local law enforcement agencies.

Stephens directed anyone who finds such a flyer in Eureka to call the department's non-emergency line at 441-4044, saying that will trigger an investigation.

"It is important for our citizens to report such incidents so we can be aware of activities that are taking place in our community," Stephen wrote in an email. "While the posting of speech related items in of themselves may not rise to the level of a criminal complaint, they can be the foundation for actions that could take place in the future. The reporting of these incidents gives us the opportunity to reach out and coordinate with the affected populations and organizations within our community to ensure open lines of communication and safety. It also helps us focus our efforts on certain locations and activities to ensure a safer community."

Read the HCSO release below:


The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has been made aware of a recent increase of offensive, anti-Semitic materials circulating in our community.

The Sheriff’s Terrorism Liaison Office, in coordination with state and federal law enforcement partners, is investigating the origin of this material and its distribution within our county.

Anyone with information relating to the source or distribution of this material is encouraged to make a report utilizing the Sheriff’s Online Crime Tip Form at humboldtsheriff.org/report or contact the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip Line at (707) 268-2539.

“I would like to thank the numerous members of our community who immediately notified my office upon finding these materials,” Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said. “Hate has no place in Humboldt County, and we will not tolerate the use of fear or intimidation to promote a hate-filled political agenda.”

To learn more about how to identify and report hate crimes in your community, visit https://oag.ca.gov/hatecrimes. 
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