Some residents of Springfield's west-central side, Mo., found fliers wrapped around rocks and thrown into their yards on Sunday morning. The fliers invited them to join a neighborhood watch program organized by the KKK.
A resident Steven Burchett, told local news station KY3, that he went to get his paper on Sunday morning when he found the "invitation" in his yard with the name of the Ku Klux Klan and the familiar image of a hooded figure.
He told KY3: "I found the note in the front yard. And it was from the Klan. I was furious. I was furious."
He added: "That just tells you what a coward they are. A simple knock at the door, I can say I am not interested, thank you very much and go on. But instead they have to come through in the middle of the night and drop a rock in the front yard. Nah-that is a coward."
The flier, which attempts to convince residents of an area with a growing black population, to the join their neighborhood watch program, said: "Are there troubles in your neighborhood? Contact the Klan today?" Then adds the promise: "You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake!"
The promise, however, appears to have had the opposite effect: Cause enough sleepless concern to force the residents to call their local news station.
According to KY3, several homes received the fliers but many residents were unwilling to talk about it on camera.
KY3 called the Klan number on the flier. A spokesman for the local group Frank Ancona, said the KKK has embarked on a nationwide campaign to get people to join Klan-sponsored neighborhood watch groups to help police fight crime.
He said the program was not about race and that if members saw a "white guy up to no good" they would alert the police.
Ku Klux Klan
KKK neighborhood watch program
The Inquistr reports that while some residents said the neighborhood was quiet with hardly any crime, another said they've had a few robberies. According to Kyle Davis: "They have hit house, after house, after house." He added: "If you have to have the Klan come in because police won’t do anything, this is the end of days."
However, residents have made it clear they would rather have nothing to do with the Klan.
Burchett told KY3: "I am upset over this. I have no use for them people. None whatsoever. You know this is 2013. I don’t know what to say for words on that part on how much hate and discontent can just keep on going."
The Klan spokesman did not say whether the decision to start a neighborhood watch program was inspired by Zimmerman.