Tuesday 6 December 2016

When snowmen go bad: police give Ku Klux Klan cold shoulder

Paul Burnett in Idaho

Published 04/12/2010 | 05:00

A US white separatist drew complaints from neighbours and a visit from police officers after erecting a snowman shaped like a member of the Ku Klux Klan on his front lawn.

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Idaho sheriff's deputies told Mark Eliseuson that he could be charged with a crime because the 10ft-tall snowman was holding what appeared to be a noose.

Deputies were called by neighbours who were appalled by the pointy-headed snowman with two dark eyes.

Mr Eliseuson could have been charged with creating a public nuisance.

Idaho law defines such a nuisance as anything "offensive to the senses" or that interferes with the comfort of an entire neighbourhood.

Mr Eliseuson removed the noose and toppled the snowman after he talked with officers.

Hate

Mr Eliseuson told KXLY-TV that he saw nothing wrong with the snowman. But other people did.

"It's such a message of hate," said Amber Caldwell, who saw the snowman while visiting her cousin in the neighbourhood.

"My kids asked me about it and I had to explain what that symbol means."

Mr Eliseuson has angered neighbours in the past by flying Aryan Nations flags at his home.

At Halloween he handed out bullet casings after he said he ran out of sweets.

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