A Washington, D.C., city councilor wants residents in the nation’s capital to call 911 if they see flyers that show support for President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall and immigration policies — but police say the flyers don’t “technically” break the law.
Brandon Todd, a Democrat from D.C.’s 4th ward, said in a Facebook post that such “xenophobic” and “hostile” flyers “will not be tolerated.” It was not immediately clear who posted the flyers in question.
“All residents, regardless of background, deserve to feel safe in their community,” Todd wrote in the post on Friday.
Todd took to Facebook after several different flyers were spotted around the nation’s capital, the DCist reported. One of the flyers depicted liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and stated, “Even RBG backs the ban. Build the wall.”
Another flyer urged residents to “report illegal aliens to DHS or ICE.” It showed a picture of 31-year-old Sergio Jose Martinez, who was arrested in Portland, Oregon, in July for the alleged sexual assault of a 65-year-old woman.
Martinez had previously been deported at least 20 times, KGW-TV reported. Immigration and Customs Enforcement asked local authorities to detain Martinez, but the 31-year-old illegal immigrant was released under the city’s sanctuary city policy.
“Prevent this from happening again, report illegal aliens to DHS or ICE,” the Washington, D.C., flyer read.
The Democratic council member went on to instruct residents on what to do if they spot one of these flyers.
“If you receive one of these hateful flyers, call the Metropolitan Police Dept. at 911 immediately. I will remain in close contact with 4D Commander and Police Chief. Ward 4 must and will remain welcoming to all,” Todd wrote in the Facebook post.
The DCist reported Todd sent a letter to constituents, saying “this is not something we will tolerate in Ward 4 or the District of Columbia.”
“All residents, regardless of race, color, creed, religious affiliation or sexual preference, deserve to feel safe and respected in their community,” Todd reportedly said.
Despite the Democratic city lawmaker’s pleas to censor such flyers, however, a spokeswoman for D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department said it doesn’t appear as though the flyers violate any laws.
“Typically when something like this happens, technically the law hasn’t been broken. But we’ll generally patrol that area more often and make our presence known to make sure the public feels safe,” MPD spokeswoman Rachel Reid said, according to the DCist.
With regard to the content of public flyers, Washington, D.C., city code states that “no poster or placard shall be publicly displayed or exhibited if it is lewd, indecent or vulgar or if it pictorially represents the commission of or the attempt to commit any crime.”
Washington, D.C., is one of several hundred sanctuary cities in the U.S.
(H/T: Daily Caller)