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'I do not trust Muzlims.' Comments by Spokane County Prosecutor's wife 'Do not reflect office'

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Dylan Wohlenhaus sits down with Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell Dylan Wohlenhaus sits down with Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell
SPOKANE, Wash. -

In a sit down interview with KHQ's Dylan Wohlenhaus Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell addresses racially charged comments made online by his wife about Muslims. "Any of us that have spouses know we disagree on a lot of things," Larry Haskell says. "We don't frequently vote for the same candidates, we don't vote for the same issues. We don't necessarily agree on a given situation about the kids."

Larry Haskell was sworn in to office in December 2014 after being elected and serving under the former Spokane County Prosecutor, Steve Tucker, who was in office for 16 years. "I do not police my wife's online activity," Haskell says. "I can't speak for my wife but I do apologize to the community for the angst this has caused. My spouse's comments do not reflect my views and they don't reflect the views of this office."

Several online comments made by Lesley Haskell are raising concerns among some community members. On January 13, 2015, writing on a conservative Facebook page called "Chicks On The Right" Lesley Haskell posted, "I do not trust Muzlims{sic} no matter what." Her comments were in response to an article written about the mayor of a Dutch town who is Muslim and was quoted to say "Muslims who do not like freedom can pack your bags and leave." Lesley Haskell's online comment also went on to say, "I don't care what he said. How do we know this was correctly translated."

A YouTube video posted on another conservative commentary Facebook page called "The Shenanigans Of Cupcakes and Friends" shows a woman in Texas interrupting a Muslim speaker by grabbing the microphone and saying, "I stand against Islam and the false prophet Muhammad. Islam will never dominate the United States." On the page Lesley Haskell replies, "Oh my god, I love her! That's exactly what I would do."

The comments have raised concerns among some community leaders and some Muslim community members."I think those comments are dangerous," Says Aine Ahmed. Ahmed is an Assistant U.S. Attorney with the Department Of Justice in the Spokane office. Ahmed is also Muslim. "Dangerous because people who are uneducated and don't know Muslims take it for face value then people think its acceptable."

Ahmed was a supporter of Haskell during his 2014 campaign. In an article recently published by the INLANDER the President of The Peace and Action Justice League of Spokane Liz Moore said, "I don't want to assume that anyone's spouse speaks for them." Then goes on to say, "I think it's fair that it raises questions, If I were a member of the Islamic faith, this would make me have questions about how I would be treated or perceived." KHQ reached out to Moore but did not hear back.

"I can understand the concern," Prosecutor Haskell says. "I don't distinguish" between minorities. "The law doesn't distinguish between them. I have never distinguished between them and I won't allow this office to treat anybody any differently than anybody else."

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