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Lewiston Police address concerns of KKK at Peach Festival

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Posted at 10:43 AM, Sep 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 10:43:02-04

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WKBW) — Lewiston Police want people to know that a recent flier circulating around WNY concerning KKK members planning a rally at the Peach Festival this weekend was likely not generated by the KKK. Police believe it was created by one or two people who they say have, "their own agenda."

In a Facebook post, the Lewiston Police Chief went on to say that Academy Park will only be used by the Lewiston Kiwanis Club this weekend for the Peach Festival, and that no other group has approval to be there.

Police say they have now been actively investigating threats made in reaction to the flier, and say they have identified two people who are being interviewed. The flier, they say, was reviewed by lawyers and was determined to be allowed under the First Amendment, because it does not violate any existing laws.

Lewiston Police Chief Previte reminded the public in the post that, "as vile or distasteful someone’s beliefs or opinions are, it is NEVER acceptable to threaten violence as an answer." He went on to assure the public that police are working with law enforcement partners to make sure the Peach Festival is the safe, accepting family event that it has been for the past 62 years.