American Nazi Party

Pro-Nazi literature was distributed around Missoula in 2016. 

Missoula police have identified the person they believe has distributed pro-Nazi literature around Missoula over the last few weeks.

Mayor John Engen made the announcement during his remarks at Har Shalom synagogue Tuesday as part of a news conference for the A Light in Every Window campaign that supports the Jewish community.

The man, in his 70s, lives in an assisted living home and apparently downloaded the American Nazi Party propaganda and printed it off at the rest home.

“We believe this person has acted alone,” Engen said.

After the event, Police Chief Mike Brady confirmed Engen’s announcement, saying they identified the man over the weekend, but haven’t arrested him.

“What he’s doing isn’t illegal,” he said. “It’s not a crime.”

Brady said the police intend to have a conversation with the man’s family about his activity.

Public information officer Sgt. Travis Welsh said someone aware of what the man was doing called police and identified him. Welsh said over the past few weeks several people have reported to the police that they have received the fliers.

“We were assessing every one of those reports. But to date we have not seen that any crimes have been committed,” Welsh said.

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