HAYDEN, Idaho —- A white separatist from Idaho was feeling the wrath of neighbors and police after he constructed a 10-foot-tall snowman shaped like a member of the Ku Klux Klan on his front lawn.
Kootenai County Sheriff’s deputies told Mark Eliseuson Wednesday that he could be charged with a crime because the Klan snowman was holding what appeared to be a noose.
Eliseuson may have been dreaming of a white Christmas; neighbors however were appalled by his hateful snowman with its pointy head and dark eyes, so they called the police.
Police could have charged him with creating a public nuisance which Idaho law defines as anything “offensive to the senses” or that interferes with the comfort of the entire neighborhood.
The town had earned a reputation in the past because of its close proximity to a former Aryan nation compound.
“I see nothing wrong with the snowman,” Eliseuson told KXLY-TV of Spokane, “The others have a problem with it.”
In the past Eliseuson has angered neighbors by handing out spent gun shell casings during Halloween and flying an Aryan Nation Flag at his home.
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