Police: Threats to family possible hate crime

Salem Police are investigating

Salem Police shown in an undated file photo (KOIN)
Salem Police shown in an undated file photo (KOIN)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Salem police are investigating a possible hate crime after an interracial couple and their children received several written racist death threats signed by the Ku Klux Klan.

According to an Oregon nonprofit, the family received two notes at home on January 7. One threatened the mother, who is Black, and the other her husband, who is Native American. One note also made a threat about calling the police, while another said the writer knew where the father works. Both were signed “KKK,” followed by a cross.

The Center for Intercultural Organizing said the couple and their two children left town, fearing for their safety. When they returned for a daughter’s ballet recital, they found a third note on their car. It was a death threat to the entire family.

Salem police said no arrests have been made.

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