A white supremacist who moved to the tiny North Dakota town of Leith two weeks ago was forcibly removed from a city council meeting last weekend after he arrived drunk and began confronting town residents.
Law enforcement officers were called to remove Kynan Dutton, 29, last Friday as officials were reviewing a moratorium (later approved) on new construction until the community can pass zoning and building codes, The Bismarck Tribune reported. According to those who were present, Dutton was confrontational, profane and making racist comments to people.
“I’ve never heard insults so profane, especially with kids present,” councilman Lee Cook told the Tribune. “It was way off the scope.”
The moratorium is a direct result of a white supremacist plan to take over the town and build a “racially conscious,” all-white community. The plan, first discovered by Hatewatch, began when Craig Cobb started quietly buying properties last year to encourage a flood of white nationalists to move to Leith and take over city and county government. Town officials since have struggled to control the situation in any way they can.
“If they want an influx of people and double the population, we need some kind of organization to go with it,” Leith Mayor Ryan Schock warned.
Officials hired attorney Tom Kelsch to prepare the moratorium, update ordinances and create zoning and land-use documents – all of which have been have been absent for years – to prevent people from moving into the many abandoned buildings Cobb owns.
Keith Johnson, administrator of the Custer District Health Unit, told the Tribune that there were no legal means to force Cobb or anyone to put water and sewer in his residence because neither Grant County nor Leith has standard building codes. State plumbing codes define how water and sewer should be installed but do not specify that they are required, Johnson said. The moratorium is designed to give the town time to fix that.
Dutton, an Iraq war veteran, and his wife, Deborah – members of the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement – were the first to answer Cobb’s call. They moved from Oregon to Leith on Oct. 5 with their five children and into a two-story home owned by Cobb. The home has no running water or sewer, and Dutton is using space heaters as the temperature turns.
Sometimes it is better to just be point-blank in city ordinances that would be proactive in preventing such hate as this from getting a foothold into communities like Leith, N.D., which are like sitting ducks for racists such as Dutton. If such laws (“Officials hired attorney Tom Kelsch to prepare the moratorium, update ordinances and create zoning and land-use documents – all of which have been have been absent for years – to prevent people from moving into the many abandoned buildings Cobb owns.”) were already in place, it would be much harder for the likes of Dutton and his ilk to come in and wreak havoc and destruction.
Hopefully the moratorium now put in place may help this town.
God knows they will need it.