Racist messages, pennies left in Bradenton yards

A Bradenton family is nervous after white supremicist literature was left in their yards.

BRADENTON, Fla. -- A Sarasota County family is concerned about racist messages left in their yard -- and whoever left them in other yards.

The family told us it happened on Easter. They came back from brunch and found baggies with the racist flyers and pennies thrown into their yard. They say they’re now worried about their safety.

The messages were left in several yards around the neighborhood. 

"I thought it was trash and I went over to pick it up and i was like what is this," says Edward Martin, who found the papers on his yard.

The Martins have been living in their neighborhood in Bradenton for over 20 years.

So, it surprised them when they came home to find papers in their yard that read "White Lives Matter."  They have no idea who put them there. 

Martin believes a white supremacist group is responsible for the papers.

"There is no overtly racist statement on there, but that's what they're known for, so it makes you think what is going on around here," says Martin.

One of the papers had a list of names that says "Google their names and ask why you have not heard of them. Why? Because they are white."

Here are the names:

  • Delbert Benton
  • Chris Lane
  • Dillon Taylor
  • Channon Christian
  • Colby Mendonca
  • Deven Guilford
  • Zachary Hammond
  • Christopher Newsom
 
The names on the list were either victims of crimes or shot by law enforcement.
 
Hammond, for instance, was a 19-year-old unarmed white teen shot dead by police in South Carolina. It happened in 2015 during a marijuana bust. 
 
Investigators declared the officers' use of deadly force justified and cleared them of wrongdoing.
 
The Martins say the story was awful, but they have nothing to do with it.
 
"I don't think pitting white people against other races is going to help anything," says Martin.
 
Police are still looking to see if there were other neighborhoods in the area that were targeted. 
 
 

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