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Sandpoint Police Department Encourages Reporting

The City of Sandpoint Police Department has received many reports from Sandpoint residents and business owners who have received flyers and emails misrepresenting policies and quotes of public officials which they have deemed to be hateful and threatening.

Post Date:09/06/2017 11:26 AM

Sandpoint - The City of Sandpoint Police Department has received many reports from Sandpoint residents and business owners who have received flyers and emails misrepresenting policies and quotes of public officials which they have deemed to be hateful and threatening.  These incidents remain under review.

Any person who witnesses or receives speech, conduct or written communications they consider hateful or threatening is encouraged to report the incident to the Sandpoint Police Department at 208.265.1482.  All reports will be reviewed and taken seriously.  

While these incidents are hurtful and offensive, in and of themselves, they often do not violate criminal or civil law and are protected free speech under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  However, should the behavior escalate and a crime be committed, the report could be important evidence in prosecuting a crime.  There is a fine line between protected free speech and criminal harassment and stalking.  Multiple reports involving the same perpetrator and victim can demonstrate that the line has been crossed.

If the communication was received by email or on a social media platform, in addition to reporting the incident to Police, recipients and witnesses are encouraged to file a complaint with the host provider.  The providers will often remove the statements or images posted and cancel the perpetrator’s account.

The Sandpoint Police Department is committed to working in partnership with the citizens it serves to maintain a tolerant community that fosters dignity, freedom, and safety for all who live, visit or work within its boundaries.

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Jennifer Stapleton, City Administrator
City of Sandpoint
1123 Lake Street
Sandpoint, ID  83864
208.265.1483

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