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Local Supremacist Groups Deny Involvement of Planting Bomb

COUER d'ALENE - Members of the White Knights of the KKK in North Idaho say they would never do something as bold as planting a bomb and causing violence at a public event because it wouldn't make any sense for the cause they are fighting.

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Shaun Winkler is the leader of the small white supremacist group in North Idaho and says there are just a handful of them and he knows exactly who is who and who does what. Winkler says whenever anything directed towards race happens people always are quick to point the finger at them because they are the easy targets. He says planting a bomb at a public event is just something they would never consider doing.

"Planting a bomb from our end would not benefit us at all," said Shaun Winkler, Imperial Wizard of White Knights. "It brings unnecessary attention, somebody's going to prison, and the way I see it, the white people involved in our organization would be more beneficial to us out in the streets handing out propaganda than being locked up in a federal prison for doing something so stupid as planting a bomb."

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Local law enforcement agrees with Winkler's statements saying they have never had issues involving violent demonstrations from local supremacist groups, and have no reason to believe any groups they watch over would have been involved.

This story was filed from our North Idaho reporter Mike Perry.

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