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article imageKu Klux Klan snowman angers Idaho community

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By Kim I. Hartman
Dec 3, 2010 in World
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Hayden - An Idaho man, Mark Eliseuson, a self-described white separatist, begin his holiday season by spreading hate, not joy, when he built an over-sized snowman in his yard complete with white KKK hood, dark eyes and a hangman's noose.
Kootenai County sheriff's deputies, who were called by neighbors angered by the pointy-headed snowman, told Mark Eliseuson Wednesday that he could be charged with a crime because the 10-foot-tall snowman was holding what appeared to be a noose, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Kootenai County sheriff’s Lt. Stu Miller said deputies told Markus Eliseuson that he could be charged with creating a public nuisance if six or more of his neighbors chose to press charges. Miller said only two neighbors wanted to do so, said the Spokesman.
Idaho law defines such a nuisance as anything "offensive to the senses" or that interferes with the comfort of an entire neighborhood. Eliseuson removed the noose and toppled the snowman, that resembled a Ku Klux Klansman, later that day after talking with officers
Eliseuson, who was profiled by KXLY back in July when he posted flags ranging from an Aryan Nations flag to an SS flag at his home, drawing the ire of his neighbors. Then in October he angered residents further when, according to neighbors, "he passed out bullets" on Halloween. Mark refuted his neighbors claims, saying he didn't actually pass out bullets, but rather he passed out bullet casings, and only did so after he ran out of candy, according to KXLY.
Eliseuson stated that he sees nothing wrong with the snowman. He said he put the snowman on his front lawn about a week ago. At first the snowman was much smaller, but someone attempted to knock it over within the last day or two, so he rebuilt it. It was about 10 feet tall Wednesday morning.
One resident told KXLY they were "appalled at the nerve they have to threaten people in our community with their signs of hatred," adding that this is a season of love and hope, not hate.
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