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Racist Who Got KO’d Enters Plea

Item: Man to be sentenced for racial incident: Abbey enters Alford plea to felony charge of malicious harassment/David Cole, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Self-proclaimed skinhead Daren C. Abbey got knocked out with one punch by a black man on July 3, after telling the man he didn't belong inside J.D.'s bar or in Bayview at all because of the color of his skin. On Thursday in 1st District Court, Abbey, 28, agreed to be sentenced on a felony charge of malicious harassment from the short-lived confrontation with Marlon L. Baker, who at the time of the incident was wearing a Spokane Boxing Club Champion T-shirt. By entering an Alford plea, Abbey avoids admitting guilt, but acknowledges prosecutors have enough evidence to likely convict him at trial.

Question: What sentence would you impose on Abbey?

Stebbi: Aryan Pickets Are Harassers

Stebbijo: To openly picket at a mexican food stand is not free speech — it is a form of harrassment for racial purposes only. These guys are NOT picketing the hot dog or barbeque foodstands which we also have in CDA. They are pretty obvious when they wave their KKK flag - that they are protesting races that they do not approve. The police force —next time they show up at a legal mexican food stand needs to move in and arrest them. Period.

Question: Stebbijo raises a good point. Local supremacists are harassing a legitimate business with their intimidating pickets. Why isn't that malicious harassment instead of an example of free speech?

Tankovich: Not A Racist, Moves A Lot

In the jailhouse interview with KXLY, though, Tankovich insisted that he’s not a racist. But what about your Aryan Pride tattoos, asked reporter Sally Showman. His response? “I know its ties and what other people assume it means … In California it doesn’t have that meaning … I looked it up in the dictionary and it said ‘nomadic tribesman’ and it applied to my nomadic lifestyle with my wife Connie.” Right, and “Kill Whitey” just refers to a disdain for former Kansas City Royals manager Whitey Herzog. Tankovich says he intends to get the tattoo removed. “I started regretting this tattoo,” he said. “I thought ‘Wow, I better get this removed’”/Joel Smith, Pacific Northwest Inlander. More here. (KXLY video below)

Question: What do you make of Ira Tankovich’s explanation of his Aryan Pride tattoos?

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