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Buffalo Police Department Probes Mailing of Hate Letters to Lovejoy Residents

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Police Department says it is investigating what appears to be pieces of hate mail.

Police Commissioner Rocco Diina says the hate literature was distributed in the Lovejoy area of the city, where racial tensions have surfaced in recent weeks. It was from the Racial Nationalist Party of America. Diina says an investigation into the hate mail is now underway.

"The letter was disturbing," Diina said. "I spoke this morning to the US Attorney's office and District Attorney Frank Clark. At this point, it doesn't appear that there's any criminal violation. But we will continue to investigate. If there is criminal misconduct, there will be an arrest."

Locally, the Racial Nationalist Party of America is tied to Karl Hand of Lockport. Diina says the Police Department is making an attempt to meet with him to discuss the situation.