Police release new details after hate speech distributed in Marshall County

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MARSHALL COUNTY, OH (WTRF) — New details are surfacing regarding an investigation into what’s being described as hate speech being distributed in Marshall County.

Moundsville Police Chief Tom Mitchell said he believes the person who distributed the material is not local, but rather passing through the area. The pieces of paper were in plastic bags with bird seed, littered on the roads.

Chief Mitchell also said four were found in McMechen, three on 10th Street, and four in front of the former West Virginia Penitentiary.

Reports of this kind of hate speech were also made in Hundred, Wetzel County near Route 7. Similar materials being distributed in this manner had been made previously in Morgantown and Pittsburgh.

Chief Mitchell said it does fall under free speech, but it is littering.

The investigation is ongoing.

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