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Portland neighborhoods littered with hate letters targeting disabled

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Flyers described by the City of Portland as hate speech, targeting people with disabilities, was found scattered across several upper class Portland neighborhoods.

The mayor's office says they became concerned about the author's message, and have now called on Portland Police to investigate.

"There are a lot of hateful people in the world still, whether people want to believe it or not, it is a reality we have to face," said Portland resident Mona McDonald.

The author of the literature suggests that receiving benefits makes people with disabilities a threat to the republic.

Then, with what the city says is an underlying tone of violence, the author states that the names of people who are disabled in the neighborhood are now being posted, where they can be seen by taxpayers.

"It's horrific, and I can't imagine who would do it, or why they would do it, it's horrible," said Laurelhurst resident Judith Friedman.

"That's just morally wrong, people shouldn't be doing stuff like that, especially targeting the disabled, they have a hard enough time as it is, without people causing problems for them," said Laurelhurst resident James Knapp.

City leaders say they've seen flyers in these neighborhoods: Irvington, Arbor Lodge, the SW hills, Laurelhurst and Eliot.

The mayor's office says, they don't have an exact number of flyers, but argue, one is one too many.

"I think it's very disheartening, I don't think disabled should be targeted that way," said McDonald.

So far, the city says there's no indication where the letters came from. Their only clue is how it's signed: from the "Artemis of the Wildland."

The Portland Commission on Disability requests that anyone who has received, or seen the flyer, to report it, so that they may track it.

Meanwhile, Portland Police ask anyone who knows who may be behind the flyers, to come forward.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. KPTV Broadcasting Corporation contributed to this report. 

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