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Man arrested in Davenport carrying the same white supremacist fliers that were distributed in Iowa City


White supremacist flier distributed in Wetherby Park neighborhood on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018. — photo by Jordan Sellergren

A Davenport man arrested Monday night while distributing white supremacist fliers in that city was carrying fliers identical to the ones distributed in Iowa City’s Wetherby Park neighbor earlier this month, OurQuadCities.com reported on Tuesday.

Police officers responding to reports of a man putting fliers with a white supremacist message on cars at a high school sports facility discovered James Lee Mathias of Davenport with those fliers in the parking lot of Brady Street Stadium. The 53-year-old Mathias, who was carrying a concealed handgun, was arrested for possessing a firearm on school property.

“Scott County Attorney Mike Walton confirmed to Local 4 News those fliers were the National Alliance fliers that have turned up in various locations around the Quad Cities and Iowa City,” according to OurQuadCities.com.

On the morning Jan. 10, residents of the Wetherby Park neighborhood had fliers from the National Alliance tossed onto their front lawns. The National Alliance (NA), a white supremacist group founded in West Virginia in 1970, is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as “Explicitly genocidal in its ideology.” SPLC states that “NA materials call for the eradication of the Jews and other races and the creation of an all-white homeland.” The fliers were wrapped around copies of the Davenport-based River Cities Reader, a free monthly newspaper with no connections to any white supremacist group.

According to the SPLC, Mathias has been a member of the NA since 2000. OurQuadCities.com reported that “Mathias’ name also appears on frequent posts on a white supremacist website, with many of his posts referencing the local distribution of fliers.”

Mathias was released on $5,000 bond. A court appearance for the weapons charge is schedule for Jan. 29.


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