Word of a planned gathering of neo-Nazi skinheads was relayed to the Mayor’s hotline August 31, but only became public knowledge Tuesday when KTVB Channel 7 reporter Jamie Grey broke the story after following an e-mail tip to her.
Record of a call to the Mayor Hotline August 31 three weeks earlier was so sanitized it didn’t get a second notice from the GUARDIAN, or anyone else who read the deceptive summary notation …”Concerned about event.”
Here is what the caller actually said nearly a month ago:
“I heard you guys are hosting a group of White Supremacy people called Hammerskin Nation October 6. I am very concerned about this. I know they have been known to kill people of a different race. I Can’t believe Boise would promote this. I want this to be stopped.”
Boise PD is taking a very measured approach after noting INTERNET postings by the group. Sgt. Jeff Basterrechea was interviewed by KTVB and said, “Mainly, what we try to do is monitor it — make sure that if they do hold their concert, that it’s held in a safe manner for both the members and for the community as a whole.”
Basterrechea noted, “What we try to do is respect everybody’s First Amendment rights, but in the same sense, we have to make sure these groups [Hammerskins and potential protesters] don’t comingle because a lot of times what happens is you have these events turn very violent.”
No venue has been revealed for the reported gathering which is believed to be a “concert.”
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