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Drone drops flyers with swastikas over Sacramento State bridge dinner

Flyers also dropped near the Golden 1 Center

Flyers were dropped on both sides of the Guy West Bridge via aerial drone during Sac State's annual Farm to Fork festival. The flyers featured anti-media propaganda, with one reading 'Stop the press!!!' and another featuring a black swastika on a red background.

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Flyers were dropped on both sides of the Guy West Bridge via aerial drone during Sac State's annual Farm to Fork festival. The flyers featured anti-media propaganda, with one reading 'Stop the press!!!' and another featuring a black swastika on a red background.

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A drone dropped flyers featuring swastikas and anti-media sentiments over Sacramento State’s annual “Bites on the Bridge” Farm-to-Fork dinner held Friday on the Guy West Bridge.

Flyers were also dropped near the Golden 1 Center on Friday, where hundreds were gathered waiting to enter the stadium for an Ariana Grande concert.

Not all of the flyers had the same design – one flyer featured several anti-media statements placed over a red X and phrases like “stop the TV whore takeover” and “the press is the enemy,” and another flyer featured a swastika.

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Flyers were released on both sides of the Guy West Bridge by an aerial drone around 6:30 p.m.

Sac State President Robert Nelsen, who was at the event when the flyers dropped, said he was appalled by the messaging on the flyers and that the university hopes to “stop whoever did this.”

“Sacramento State condemns in the strongest terms the dissemination of hate speech and propaganda Friday evening at our annual fundraising dinner on the Guy West Bridge,” Nelsen said in a statement Friday night. “The anonymous act of spreading such vile material is offensive and runs counter to the principles of inclusion and diversity practiced at Sac State. It did not stop the event, nor will it slow our march toward greater understanding and commitment to the rights and safety of our campus community.”

The sold-out dinner was not interrupted by the incident, and guests continued to eat on the Guy West Bridge more than an hour after the flyers were dropped.

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The Sacramento State Police Department was notified about the incident and will handle the subsequent investigation, according to university spokesman Brian Blomster.

The Sacramento State Police Department did not immediately respond to request for comment.

The flyers dropped on campus include web addresses to “The Red ‘X’ Society” social media accounts, which feature anti-media posts and a link to an April video of a drone releasing flyers over the California State Capitol.

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One version of the flyers dropped over campus featured “Tracy Mapes © 2018” written in the top left corner.

American River College student and Sacramento resident Tracy Mapes was arrested in 2017 on suspicion of dropping anti-media leaflets over two NFL games in Santa Clara and Oakland, the American River Current reported in 2017.

Twitter user @TracyMapes tweeted links to what appear to be overhead drone images of the State Capitol and surrounding area on Thursday.

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Twitter user @TracyMapes posted a Box link to this image on Twitter Thursday, of what appears to be an overhead drone shot of the California State Capitol. Box is a file sharing service for businesses.

The same user also tweeted photos of the flyers that fell over Sacramento on Friday.

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Mapes was a staff member on the Current, American River College’s student news organization, during the spring 2016 semester, but left after butting heads with other staff members, The Current reported in 2017. Mapes began working on a manifesto he called the “Red ‘X’ Society” sometime before his time on staff.

Additional reporting by Margherita Beale.

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6 Responses to “Drone drops flyers with swastikas over Sacramento State bridge dinner”

  1. Layla on May 5th, 2019 1:55 am

    I have a feeling that Turning Point USA had a play in this stunt. Would not be surprised. Remember folks, swastikas are unAmerican and a symbol of hate.
    #NoHateNoFear but honestly not everyone should be welcome here. Keep Nazis, white supremacists, haters of the press, and all of these general bad characters off our campus, please. Find a way, Nelson. The enemy of tolerance, is tolerance of intolerance.. true tolerance protects vulnerable groups against hate and fear incited by acts like this.

  2. David Brayton on May 6th, 2019 1:50 am

    Yes the Nazis were far more inline with the democrats than any repub ever.

  3. Layla on May 6th, 2019 12:21 pm

    If anyone was wondering, David Brayton is a local California white supremacist who threatens journalists. Here’s a Nov 2018 article about him: https://proclaimerscv.com/2018/11/08/white-supremacist-threatens-scv-journalist/

  4. Matthew Papke on May 8th, 2019 1:34 am

    You know it looks like they re calling the MSM Nazis here, am I missing something?

  5. Tracy Mapes on May 8th, 2019 1:59 pm

    Smile! It’s the Media that has taken on the Nazi stance. Ask them why they won’t tell you the Story on the Flyers? The May 3rd Leaflet Bombing expected no reaction, as the State Capitol was Bombed Several Times prior to this week. I Guess I should choose Targets with Reactionary Yuppies! Yeah! Most all May 3rd Leaflets missed their Target due to Variable Winds, So No More Lies about being “Nazi Propaganda”. https://youtu.be/OT0002b9NjI

  6. Layla on May 8th, 2019 10:11 pm

    I wonder if this can be taken as a confession by the police regarding Mapes’ comment on here? Regardless, I hope *whoever* did this is at least prosecuted for littering – the last thing the American river needs is more human waste floating in it, as I’m sure many of these ended up in the water and around the enviornment. As someone who helps clean up the river on occasion, I’m sick of entitled people thinking they are more important than our local enviornment. The fish will not thank these people, that’s for sure.

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