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Man distributing white supremacist fliers in Q-C identified, arrested

Charged with carrying weapons on school grounds

Local 4 News has identified who is behind the distribution of white supremacist fliers at various locations around the Quad-Cities.   Last night, Davenport Police arrested 53-year-old James Lee Mathias of Davenport on a warrant issued last fall.

Mathias was charged with carrying weapons on school grounds.   

According to his arrest affidavit, police received a report of a suspicious man distributing fliers on cars in the parking lot of Brady Street Stadium.   

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When asked for identification, the man reached into his back pants pocket revealing a bulge on his waistline appearing to be a gun.   

Police say Mathias confirmed it was a gun and was able to provide a permit.  

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 a document published by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Mathias is known to be a major donor to the National Alliance.

The group, which is one of the top organizations tracking hate groups in America, has information that Mathias purchased large quantities of a book distributed by the National Alliance.    

Mathias' name also appears on frequent posts on a white supremacist website, with many of his posts referencing the local distribution of fliers. 

Mathias has posted a $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear back in Scott County Court a week from today. 


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