The incident began around 6:30 P.M. on Saturday August 8th when a man called police and reported that three men in a small blue truck yelling “white power” had tossed bags of Aryan Nation literature at children playing in a yard in the 1500 block of East Mullan Avenue. Police stopped the truck a couple of blocks away and searched it after the driver said he was “exercising his freedom of speech rights” by helping the other two men distribute the fliers.
But it wasn't until two local residents told police they wanted to pursue charges that the police took further action. Paul Mullet, 45, and Kevin McGurre, 27, were given misdemeanor citations for littering, and Todd Weston, 31 a citation for aiding a misdemeanor. They were released after being cited; no further legal action against them is planned. Update: On December 3rd, the city dropped the littering charges because the fliers weren't any different than any other political handout; consequently, it was perfectly legal to distribute them.
Mullet, who lives in Athol with Weston and has a history of white nationalist activism in Minnesota, admitted responsibility and vowed to fight any legal action against him. “We’re going to recruit and we’re going to recruit hard,” Mullet said. If Mullet fights the littering charge, it won’t be his first legal battle over his beliefs. The Minnesota Attorney General sued Mullet in 2000 after he wrote threatening letters to Jewish business leaders. Then a member of the National Socialist Party of America, Mullet reached an agreement that allowed him to distribute literature but prohibited him from contacting Jewish people or groups.
One anti-racist activist claims the distribution is a "hate" crime. Rachel Dolezal, who runs the Human Rights Education Institute in downtown Coeur d'Alene, claims that whoever is circulating the flyers is committing a crime. "Hate is a strong word and so White Supremacy is all about hate. It's called a hate crime when they distribute literature or when they bomb a house," she said.
Aryan Nations has distributed pro-White literature in the past. They distributed similar flyers in the area of Atlas Road and Prairie Avenue in north Coeur d’Alene back in April. At the time, Jerald O’Brien, identified as a pastor living on the east side of town, owned up to the distribution and said people in this area could expect the dissemination of more flyers. It appears Pastor O'Brien is a man of his word. But Paul Mullet, who moved to North Idaho to help Jerald O’Brien, has since broken ties with O’Brien and moved the Aryan Nations headquarters to Athol.
Thus it appears we might have two separate Aryan Nations organizations operating in northern Idaho, one headed by Jerald O'Brien, and the other apparently headed by Paul Mullet. There wasn't this type of confusion and fragmentation when Pastor Richard Butler was alive. The O'Brien group has their website HERE, and the other group, nationally headquartered in Lexington, SC, has their website HERE, although Mullet did not specifically state he was part of the Lexington-based group. Update March 10th, 2010: The Aryan Nations Athol Faction now has a new website HERE.
A third party, DSCI Pastor Martin Lindstedt, who represents the Church of Jesus Christ Christian/Aryan Nations of Missouri and who posts prolifically on White nationalism on a multitude of sources, doesn't have much use for either faction. However, Lindstedt's own credibility is limited, not only because of child molestation charges which proved to be bogus, but because he devotes an inordinate amount of time attacking other White Nationalist leaders who don't toe his line. Lindstedt also further marginalized himself by filing a ridiculous and frivolous lawsuit against Barack Obama, further described HERE.
Now that we have threaded our way through the Aryan Nations spaghetti bowl, let's get back to the story. The following applicable littering-related ordinances were cited in the CDA Press comments section:
(Coeur d'Alene City Ordinance) 8.36.100: LITTERING:
It is unlawful for any person to dispose of, throw away or leave any empty container or other litter on any public park, grounds or thoroughfare within the City; provided, however, that such empty container or other litter may be deposited in receptacles provided especially for that purpose. (prior code 6-1-9)
(Idaho State Statute) 18-7031 PLACING DEBRIS ON PUBLIC OR PRIVATE PROPERTY A MISDEMEANOR. It shall constitute a misdemeanor for any person, natural or artificial, to deposit upon any public or private property within this state any debris, paper, litter, glass bottles, glass, nails, tacks, hooks, cans, barbed wire, boards, trash, garbage, lighted material or other waste substances on any place not authorized by any county, city, village or the owner of such property, and is punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six (6) months, or by a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both. Additionally, a peace officer or state fish and game personnel supervised public service of not less than eight (8) hours and not more than forty (40) hours may be imposed to clean up and to properly dispose of debris from public property, or from private property with the written consent of the private property owner, as ordered by the court."
Many people criticize White activists for distributing literature in the middle of the night, referring to them as "cowards". Yet in this case, when the activists distributed during daylight hours, those same type of people not only called the cops, but then deliberately pressed charges. It appears the objective is to censor any sort of pro-White activism.
Of course, it's easy for whites in Coeur d'Alene to rhapsodize about how much they love diversity; after all, the community is 94 percent white. Bring in a gaggle of Section Eight Negroes and Mestizos, and they'll quickly change their tune.