Swastikas And Anti-media Flyers are Dropped Outside An Ariana Grande Concert

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A drone dropped Hundreds of flyers marked featuring swastikas and anti-media messages written on them outside an Ariana Grande concert at Sacramento State University event on Friday.

Flyers were also dropped over an annual dinner held by the University on a pedestrian bridge near campus. They were also found outside the Golden 1 Center arena, where Ariana Grande was performing.

A spokesperson for Grande did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Dom Vitiello / The State Hornet / Via Twitter: @Dom_Vitiello

Not all of the flyers had the same design, one flyer featured a Swastika, another featured several anti-media statements and phrases like “Stop the TV whore takeover” and “The press is the enemy,” and accused the media and government of being “infiltrated” by “prostitutes and felons.”

“It was aware of a drone dropping flyers over the concert venue, and officers were investigating” The Sacramento Police Department Announced.

In a statement Friday, University President Robert Nelsen who was at the event when the flyers dropped condemned in a strong statement “the dissemination of hate speech and propaganda”

Dom Vitiello / The State Hornet / Via Twitter: @Dom_Vitiello
Dom Vitiello / The State Hornet / Via Twitter: @Dom_Vitiello

“The anonymous act of spreading such vile material is offensive and runs counter to the principles of inclusion and diversity practiced at Sac State,” Nelsen said. “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.”


“It is illegal to fly a drone over people without a waiver, and that the agency is working with Local law enforcement to investigate Friday’s incident.” A spokesperson for the FAA told a news website.

Some of the flyers had “Tracy Mapes ©2018” and 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 building, which was set to the song “Superman” by Five for Fighting.

On Facebook, Mapes posted several aerial drone images on Thursday and Friday, in addition, he posted the Images of the flyers he released Friday in April.


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