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Swastika pasted on Coeur d'Alene human rights center

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Employees of the Human Rights Education Institute in Coeur d’Alene arrived at work this morning to discover a swastika sticker on the front door.

Director of Operations Donna Cork took a photo of the six-inch-square decal, then called the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, which is investigating the matter under Idaho’s malicious harassment law. The 1983 law makes it a felony to intimidate another person based on race, color, religion, ancestry or national origin.

The intimidation includes defacing property, which is defined in part as “the placing of any word or symbol commonly associated with racial, religious or ethnic terrorism on the property of another person without his or her permission.”

“It’s a felony,” said Tony Stewart of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations, which has battled the white supremacy movement in North Idaho for 30 years.

Stewart said police collected evidence this morning at the institute. “We could get lucky and get fingerprints,” he said. “This is not a misdemeanor. We’ve had really good success over the years with the police and the prosecutors.”

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