September 30, 2009 in Idaho

Bonner County man claims he posted Obama images

Bonner Daily Bee
 
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Matt Hathaway is claiming responsibility for hanging posters of President Obama wearing a Nazi uniform at three Sandpoint schools. Shown in this 2006 photo, Hathaway was fired later that summer from the Spirit Lake Police Department.
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A former Bonner County sheriff’s deputy is claiming responsibility for posting manipulated images of President Barack Obama wearing a Nazi uniform on the doors of three Sandpoint schools.

The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force this week called on the Lake Pend Oreille School District to bring charges against 33-year-old Matt Hathaway.

Sandpoint Police Chief Mark Lockwood says Hathaway could be charged with trespassing, but the district has decided against legal action.

Hathaway told KPND radio on Friday that he put the posters up at Washington Elementary, Farmin Stidwell and Sandpoint High schools on Sept. 8 to protest the president’s nationwide address to students.

The posters were removed before students arrived.

Hathaway resigned from the sheriff’s department in 2006.


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