Police: ‘White Lives Matter’ letters, materials found in Monmouth

By DEVIN BROOKS, Reporter

MONMOUTH, Illinois (NEWS3) — Monmouth Police are asking for the public’s help after finding suspicious items left at several residences.

Police said a number of homeowners found small plastic bags filled with rocks and printed papers on Thursday, March 11.

Authorities said the material had the words ‘White Lives Matter’ printed, along with other potentially derogatory references to COVID-19. The letters also included various websites that sell untested medical items. 

The bags were found in the driveway of private homes, according to police.

The department said most of the material seemed aimed at marketing medical supplements shipped from Florida. Police do not believe it came from a local source. Authorities think it may be connected to a guerilla marketing campaign. 

Officers believe the handouts appear to be similar to other recent incidents in Illinois.

Anyone with information or home surveillance video about this incident is asked to call the Monmouth Police Department at 309-734-8383.