A new mailer sent to black voters in Maryland attempts to tie the election of Anthony Brown into the police-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
A sample of the new mailing, which was produced and paid for by the Maryland Democratic Party, features images of Brown and President Barack Obama and Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. juxtaposed with images of police officers brandishing military-style assault weapons approaching a black man with his arms raised over his head.
The text next to the photo reads: “They’re still trying to hold us back” and “Ferguson, MO August 2014.”
The same page also features a photo of Donald Trump next to another photo of a white man holding up a sign that reads “Impeach Obama.”
The new mailing comes on the heels of another similar message to black voters that is drawing criticism from political observers.
Similar mailings have appeared in other states.
In North Carolina, fliers using images of lynchings were used to support the campaign of Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.
In Georgia, the state Democratic Party sent mailings that included images and text warning that a failure to vote could result in incidents of police violence against blacks. The mailing specifically referenced the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Democrats in Maryland used similar tactics in 1998 against Ellen Sauerbrey in her gubernatorial bid against incumbent Gov. Parris N. Glendening. The Julius Henson-devised ads attacked the Baltimore County Republican on civil rights issues.