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West Fargo police seek help finding people behind racially divisive fliers

Postcards have circulated in southern West Fargo neighborhood

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West Fargo Police are asking for help in identifying who distributed these racially divisive packets across southern West Fargo.
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WEST FARGO — The West Fargo Police Department is asking for the public’s help to identify the individual or people responsible for distributing racially divisive fliers throughout West Fargo neighborhoods.

On Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, police received reports of racially divisive materials littered throughout streets and private properties from 40th Avenue West to 52nd Avenue West, west of Sheyenne Street. Hundreds of small bags were strewn throughout the neighborhoods containing a postcard with photos and text relating to a recent local court case, as well as dried kernels of corn.

The front of the postcard has photos of 14-year-old Jupiter Paulsen, who was attacked June 4, 2021, in the Party City parking lot in south Fargo. One photo shows Jupiter smiling, and the other shows her hooked up to machines in a hospital in the days between the attack and her death.

A third photo on the front of the post card shows Arthur Prince Kollie , 24, who was found guilty of murder, robbery and aggravated assault for attacking Jupiter.

Around the photos is the text, "The great replacement and its consequences." The great replacement theory, often cited by white supremacists, claims "there is an active, ongoing and covert effort to replace white populations in current white-majority countries," according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Before Kollie's trial, Robert Paulsen, Jupiter's father, found support from white nationalists including the National Justice Party, which he acknowledged may be using his daughter's death to advance their agenda.

“The West Fargo Police Department does not tolerate bias or racially divisive materials that seeks to cause divides between residents of our community,” Police Chief Denis Otterness said in a statement. “Our department will continue to investigate incidents such as this to ensure that West Fargo remains safe and welcoming for all residents.”

Residents are asked to review their security footage and report any suspicious activity in relation to this incident to the West Fargo Police Department by calling 701-515-5500.

Crime analysts with the city of Fargo have received pictures of the fliers in question but no reports of the fliers in the city. However, there have been three reports of Patriot Front graffiti and propaganda in the past few months.

Patriot Front is another white nationalist hate group that uses patriotic American themes to push a fascist agenda, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Patriot Front seeks a United States where only white people are citizens and their manifesto states that “replacement populations,” meaning any non-white persons, are a direct threat to Patriot Front’s goal.

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