Videos show suspects posting anti-immigration flyers around American University

Police are searching for two suspects who left flyers with anti-immigration messages around American University's campus over the weekend. (Courtesy American University police)

WASHINGTON — American University police are asking for the public’s help in identifying suspects who posted several anti-immigration flyers on campus over the weekend.

Surveillance videos captured two people attaching flyers with anti-immigration messages attributed to a neo-Nazi organization at about 10 p.m. Sunday. The flyers show a map of the United States with the message “NO means NO! #MyBordersMyChoice.”

The flyers are part of a hateful movement that has “no place at American University or anywhere else,” said President Sylvia Burwell.

In the surveillance videos, two people attached the flyers and walked east on Massachusetts Avenue toward Ward Circle, crossed over Ward Circle to Kerwin Hall, then continued down Nebraska Avenue toward Roper Hall, police said. At approximately 10:14 p.m., the subjects left the area on foot at Fletcher Gate down Rockwood Parkway.

Police are asking people to pay close attention to the portion of the video near Fletcher Gate.

“Several other people are in the area with the suspects. You may have seen the suspects leave the area,” police said in a news release.


One suspect has a small build and wore a plaid, flannel-style coat/shirt, jeans and dark-colored cap at the time of the incident, said American University police. Also, the first suspect covered his or her face with a dark-colored cloth. The second suspect has a large build and wore a green/tan coat, jeans and dark-colored cap at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about the incident can call police at 202-885-2527 or submit an anonymous tip online.

American University President Sylvia Burwell said the university will not stand for hateful anti-immigration messages.

“American University is fully committed to our undocumented students and will use every legal means at our disposal to offer our support and protection, guided by policies that guard the privacy and safety of every member of the university community,” Burwell said in a statement provided to WTOP.

Sarah Beth Hensley

Sarah Beth Hensley is the Digital News Director at WTOP. She has worked several different roles since she began with WTOP in 2013 and has contributed to award-winning stories and coverage on the website.

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