Officials condemn antisemitic flyers handed out in Lake Nona neighborhood Sunday

Orlando Police Chief Eric Smith condemned antisemitic flyers handed out Sunday inside a Lake Nona neighborhood, the police department said.

A group of people handed out antisemitic flyers inside Lake Nona’s Laureate Park neighborhood. OPD said officers were dispatched to the scene but no arrests have been made at this time.

Lake Nona is a master planned community located in southeast Orlando near the Orlando International Airport.

“The Orlando Police Department is aware of the antisemitic activity that took place in Laureate Park today,” Smith said in a statement. “Our Officers responded and consulted with legal regarding any enforcement action.”

In the statement, Smith said he wanted to community to know OPD condemned any derogatory comments and “will take any action within our power to hold anyone who does so accountable.”

“We are a bias-free police department and respect the rights for all, regardless of any physical or personal characteristic or religious background,” Smith said. “We are continuing to monitor the activity taking place today and have officers on scene at this time.”

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer also tweeted a statement calling the act “hatred” and “gross.”

“Although hatred, like a gross display of antisemitism today, may visit our city, it’s never welcome here,” Dyer tweeted. “But it does need to be called out and condemned.

“I want our city’s Jewish community to know that Orlando stands with you in solidarity against antisemitism and all hate.”