WAS A LOCAL MAN THE TARGET OF HARASSMENT AND HATE?
HE SAY YES-- AND HIS FAMILY BELIEVES IT'S BECAUSE
I'M NADINE WOODWARD,
OUR TOP STORY AT TONIGHT IS OUT OF CHEWELAH
ON SUNDAY, 25 YEAR OLD KENT PAVLICH SAYS HE WAS APPROACHED
BY TWO MEN OUTSIDE HIS FATHER'S OFFICE.
AND WHAT BEGAN WITH OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE ESCALATED INTO
K-X-L-Y 4'S CAROLINE ROURKE HAS THE VERY LATEST.
both kent pavlic's family members and Chewelaf city
officials are stunned by the incident.
saying its something they would never expect from
the community they know.
THE PAVLIC FAMILY SAYS THE TROUBLE BEGAN EARLIER LAST
he said a bunch of kids he thought were teenagers
drove by and started hollering at him out the windows
to go back where he came from, to make america white
KENT IS ONE OF FIVE CHILDREN THE PAVLIC FAMILY HAS
HE'S ORIGINALLY FROM GUATEMALA.
THE FAMILY WAS DISHEARTENED, BUT CHOSE TO PUT IT BEHIND
WHILE TAKING THE TRASH OUT OF HIS FATHER'S CHEWELAH
OFFICE, KENT SAYS HE WAS APPROACHED BY TWO MEN.
HE SAYS THAT WHAT BEGAN AS A CONVERSATION ABOUT HIS
ESCALATED INTO INTIMIDATION.
youre in the wrong country boy, we're going to make
america white again.
and when he tried to walk away, they hit him.
KENT HIT BACK, AND THEN FLED THE SCENE.
HE LATER GAVE A STAEMENT TO CHEWELAH POLICE, WHO ARE
INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT TO DETERMINE WHETHER OR
NOT IT WAS RACIALLY MOTIVATED.
KENT'S MOTHER TOOK THE ISSUE TO CITY HALL.
she was quite upset when she talked to me.
felt like it was racially motivated 7
RACIAL SLURS AND OFFENSIVE LANGUAGE HAVE APPEARED
MORE FREQEUNTLY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE ELECTION.
INCLUDING SPOKANE'S MLK OUTREACH CENTER,
IF THIS INCIDENT WAS RACIALLY MOTIVATED.
MAYOR KNAUSS SAYS IT'D BE THE FIRST SHE'S HEARD.
this isn't us? we just.
this hasn't happened, we wouldn't condone it, we don't
want thissort of thing happening if it were happening....10
THE CHEWELAH THAT SHE, AND THE PAVLICH'S SAY, THEY
KNOW IS WELCOMING.
i don't get the feeling that this is a town that would
support that kind of behavior.
i spoke with the chief of police on the phone today.
he said they are taking the incident seriously and
are working to find the people responsible.
reporting in chewelah caroline rourke.