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Racist Halloween Stunt Ends With Broken Nose, Felony Charges

By Bill Morlin on January 12, 2012 - 7:49 am, Posted in Extremist Crime, Klan

Envision this: Dress up in a Ku Klux Klan robe for Halloween. Pound on your neighbors’ doors, yelling racial slurs, demanding candy. Carry a spray bottle of bleach to “make everyone white.”

What will that get you? A 42-year-old woman in Spokane, Wash., just found out: Four felony charges of malicious harassment and the possibility of a prison term if convicted.

Sharyl Ann Curtis was arraigned Monday in Spokane County Superior Court on the hate crime charges after being arrested by police on Oct. 31 and spending a night in jail. She is now free, awaiting trial later this year.

The hate crime spree began, police say, when Tyree Brown, who’s African-American, answered a knock at his apartment door that Halloween night as children were trick-or-treating in the Hillyard neighborhood of northeast Spokane.

When Brown opened his door, he was greeted by someone wearing a hooded, white sheet, with the letters “KKK” on the front, court documents say. A female voice was yelling “niggers,” demanding candy. The costumed visitor yelled the epithet “so many times” that Brown couldn’t count them all, the charging documents say.

As the hooded stranger walked away to nearby parking lot, she shed her KKK costume and Brown saw Sharyl Ann Curtis, whom he recognized “from fights and previous incidents in the neighborhood,” the documents say. Curtis had been arrested by police a few months earlier for threatening other neighbors, but those charges were dropped.

In the parking lot, police said Curtis waved a spray bottle containing liquid. “She yelled that it was bleach water and that she would make everyone white,” the court documents say.

Brown’s two children, identified in the court documents as “T.B.” and “K.B.,” were standing nearby, and Curtis sprayed the bottle toward them. The liquid hit a decorative Halloween ghost hanging on a wood railing, bleaching its black material, the documents say.

As Curtis walked away, several residents followed her into a nearby park. There, police said a woman following Curtis confronted her, and the two briefly fought. Two men who joined Curtis picked up her KKK sheet and the spray bottle and left.

The first police officer to arrive was Trevor Nollmeyer who said he spotted Curtis sitting on the ground in the park, “yelling unintelligibly.” She got up and ran a short distance, only to be apprehended by another officer, abruptly ending her Halloween outing.

The police officer said he followed Curtis to a local hospital, where she was treated for a broken nose, apparently sustained in the brief fight in the park. Her alleged attackers weren’t identified or arrested.

After reading Curtis her constitutional rights, the officer said he attempted to question Curtis, who responded by promptly raising her right arm in a Nazi-like salute and proclaiming: “I will raise my son white power because there are niggers out there.”

The court documents allege she then told the officer: “Don’t assault me because you’re a nigger lover. My son will shoot a cop one day, and I will give him the ammo.” She extended her middle finger on numerous occasions, they say, shouting at the officer, “Nigger lover, fuck you.”

Unfazed, the officer continued sitting at the foot of the emergency room bed where Curtis was holding a towel to soak up blood from her broken nose. “As I was typing a report on my laptop computer, the bloody rag came flying close to my head and landed on the counter behind me,” Nollmeyer said in the documents.

As she then attempted to kick the officer, his handcuffs came out and Curtis was promptly taken from the hospital bed to a jail cell.

Interviewed in jail the following day by a reporter with KHQ-TV, Curtis was still in denial, claiming she was the “real victim.”

“What did I do actually?’’ she asked in the interview. “What is proven that I did? Did I hurt anybody? There is no proof of that because I didn’t. I was trick-or-treating with my son and they surrounded us.”

Curtis said there have been tensions between her son and African-American boys in her neighborhood. One black boy with a knife, she claimed, chased her 9-year-old son and twice cut his bicycle tire. “I tell the police and they say, ‘Well, get a hold of your [neighborhood] resources [police] officer.”

Curtis told the Spokane television station she had “little recollection” of her time in the hospital “but said it’s possible she made hateful statements because she was medicated,” the station reported.

  • Pug McThug

    I’ll bet that her ears beep if you squeeze her nose.

  • Patricia Kayden

    Crazy woman. I feel sorry for her neighbors of any color.

  • brutha g

    When will she be accepting the GOP Presidential nomination?

  • Mykie Vincent

    The divide showing right here, right now, is the epitome of what’s going on in our nation and it is WRONG, is is NOT AMERICAN. Not if you have a decent grip on our ideals or what many, many have worked for and continue to strive for. I’m tired of people using “history” as a defense for racially motivated hate, and I’m damn tired of this “new hate” – sure it’s “the same old hate” but people like this woman seem to think it’s okay to behave like she did…(meth or no)… It isn’t… and just because some skinny blonde on FOX news, or angry old white guys running for office think it is “right” to teeter on the edge hinting that it’s okay, it is still wrong… and while you waste your breath hating your neighbors, a very few elitist creeps are stealing your country. (and laughing at your idiocy).

    A MOM

  • Kiwiwriter

    Jason, please present proof of your claim. That’s how it works.

  • Arkham

    Crackpot.

  • A.D.M.

    Hey, Jason, put your money where your mouth is and prove it. Post a link. And did you know there are lots of interracial couples nowadays including black male/white female relationships? I bet that makes you feel inadequate.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    “40,000 White women are raped by Blacks every year in America. Do you know how many Black women are raped by White men every year? The number is so small it is statistically ZERO. These numbers come straight from the Department of Justice website.

    That 40,000 number only reflects reported cases. Half of rape victims never report the crime. This means that since the 1964 civil rights act, upwards of 4 million White women have been raped by Blacks.”

    Evidence please. Since you cited the Department of Justice, you should have no problem providing a link to updated statistics to back up your claim.

    Also, were you aware that most rape victims know their rapist? The majority of white rape victims are raped by white males. Apparently you think it’s better to be raped by a white male.

  • IThink

    “40,000 White women are raped by Blacks every year in America. Do you know how many Black women are raped by White men every year? The number is so small it is statistically ZERO. These numbers come straight from the Department of Justice website.

    That 40,000 number only reflects reported cases. Half of rape victims never report the crime. This means that since the 1964 civil rights act, upwards of 4 million White women have been raped by Blacks.”

    Maybe you’d like to take a look at the number of arsons, assaults, racial slurs or public intimidation cases that have happened to blacks & other minorities since the Civil Rights Act; and these Mo-Ron Paul trollies actually want to repeal any federal legislation protecting their rights, because racism is a myth in their alternate reality of brain space? Please!

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    Jason, evidence or GTFO.

  • Gregory

    Is Jason Smith suggesting that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 somehow encourages rape? And that idiotic presupposition is somehow relevant to the topic at hand?

    On this, and other comment threads, he seems to be displaying an almost stereotypical preoccupation with rape.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL, Aron

    TomLine,

    THANK YOU for demonstrating the rational response to such a silly comment. A laugh and a shake of the head is all that person deserved.

  • Jason Smith

    40,000 White women are raped by Blacks every year in America. Do you know how many Black women are raped by White men every year? The number is so small it is statistically ZERO. These numbers come straight from the Department of Justice website.

    That 40,000 number only reflects reported cases. Half of rape victims never report the crime. This means that since the 1964 civil rights act, upwards of 4 million White women have been raped by Blacks.

  • TomLine

    What a sad case. Bet there’s a long history of a lot of stupid in that neighborhood. Last summer an individual hidden in a mob of African American youths on the corner kept screaming “cracker” at me while I was waiting at the traffic light. I laughed and shook my head.

  • Phila

    There is a smothering PC consensus that absolutely forbids any public discussion critical of blacks.

    Right. That’s why we never see such discussions anywhere, ever. That’s why the authors of “The Bell Curve” were treated as pariahs and no one listened to them or defended them publicly. That’s why Bill Cosby’s career tanked after he attacked gangsta rap etc. That’s why Pat Buchanan spent years saying whatever he pleased on television and in newspapers. That’s why Jared Taylor’s a political prisoner. And that’s why your dimwitted comment never appeared on this public forum.

    All of which proves that white male racists are the most oppressed minority who ever lived.

  • Jonas Rand

    “There is a smothering PC consensus that absolutely forbids any public discussion critical of blacks. There are THOUSANDS of Black thugs committing crimes in towns and cities all across this country every day. There are even THOUSANDS more committing crimes who are never identified! There are many THOUSANDS or even TENS of THOUSANDS of Black Thugs who are intimidating or menacing Whites EVERY DAY and it never gets reported in the media.”

    THEY SEE ME TROLLIN’

  • Shadow Wolf

    Molloy,
    There’s also the “Guardian Angels”, if no “Resource Officer” exists in your hood.(I’m assuming they no longer have resource officers due to the economy) To help deal with petty KKKriminals. But this case is an isolated incident. It’s very uncommon to see this type of bold display of racist hate in public with someone actually perpetrating it in front of their victims. It’s usually gangs and pedophiles that concerns most folks in the neighborhood.

    And of course the occasional meth head like the one in this article.

  • Mitch Beales

    Jason Smith take 2 Haldol and call me in the morning.

  • Sam Molloy

    What the hell is a “Resources Officer” translated as “neighborhood police officer” here? Do I have one?

  • A.D.M.

    Ruslan Amirkhanov, people like Jason Smith are just nonsensical. Not only is 95% of crime intraracial (black on black, white on white, etc.), but crime nationwide has gone down over the past few years, even in the economic climate we’re in. But to mentally challenged folks like Jason who seems to have a strange obsession with blacks and other non-white groups, that doesn’t matter. And what about white folks that commit crime everyday? Surely you’re not suggesting whites are not committing crimes everyday, are you?

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Jason, were you aware that 95% of crime is intra-racial(e.g. white on white, black on black, etc.)? Perhaps you can explain the advantages of being victimized by a white criminal.

  • Jason Smith

    There is a smothering PC consensus that absolutely forbids any public discussion critical of blacks. There are THOUSANDS of Black thugs committing crimes in towns and cities all across this country every day. There are even THOUSANDS more committing crimes who are never identified! There are many THOUSANDS or even TENS of THOUSANDS of Black Thugs who are intimidating or menacing Whites EVERY DAY and it never gets reported in the media.

  • Phila

    Rob:

    This woman is mentally ill.

    Judging from her virulent racism, I’d say you’re exactly right.

    Of course, that’d be true even if she’d spent the night sitting at home quietly.

    She chose a KKK costume and “racism” because that is the big taboo nowadays.

    Right. ‘Cause when openly racist attitudes were common, no one ever dressed up in sheets and attacked black people verbally or otherwise. It’s only now that racism is “taboo” and a “bugaboo” that this sort of behavior becomes attractive. But only to people with mental problems, natch.

    All of which is the SPLC’s fault because of course it is. Just like all those 1950s suburbanites assaulting their neighbors in Stalin costumes were McCarthy’s fault. History’s coming alive!

    Five bucks says you’d be a lot less indulgent and disengaged if the perp in this story had been a black guy dressed as Nat Turner.

    Something

  • Chief Anderson

    We get vilified down here in Alabama because of what went on more than 40 years. In the late ‘60s and early ‘70s I was editor of two of the three daily papers in the state that endorsed George Wallace. I left the first when the owners wouldn’t allow any coverage of Albert Brewer, the incumbent governor. Just weeks after I got to the second one, the paper sold and the new publisher allowed me to do what I could for people of color. We began carrying their obits and announcements of their weddings and engagements. I got a nasty call and one letter. I think white people had black friends and really wanted the same things for these friends that they had … equal pay and opportunity. I’m 65 and not proud of my state during the civil rights era but we have progressed. Sure we still have a few like this woman. Hatred and intolerance have no state or regional boundaries. I’m ashamed of our current governor (I didn’t vote for him) for allowing the same treatment of Latinos who are just here to do jobs nobody else wants.

  • Kiwiwriter

    Definitely something wrong with this individual. I hope she gets both punishment and help.

  • TC

    Rob – except that racism is a real problem and Communism wasn’t.

  • Reynardine

    I fear if I saw such a person banging on my door, they’d get the business end of a fire maul first and any questions after.

  • Mitch Beales

    Rob if you think that “historians will compare the SPLC to Joseph McCarthy” you are the one who is mentally ill.

  • Ruslan Amirkhanov

    Rob, people lost their jobs and their whole lives because of the Red Scare. Who is losing their job because they are white?

  • Rob

    This woman is mentally ill. She chose a KKK costume and “racism” because that is the big taboo nowadays. In another era, she would have dressed up as a witch or as the devil and went after Christians.

    Kind of tells you a lot about the current “racism” taboo. Who cares about witches or Satan anymore? Bugaboos come and go, including the current “White Scare” (akin to the Red Scare). And historians will compare the SPLC to Joseph McCarthy.

  • http://www.twitter.com/AronL Aron

    This sounds almost stereotypically like crystal meth. Possibly with a little bit of PCP mixed in.

    I’m very curious to hear the toxicology report.

    Her family must be very proud.

  • Matt

    Haven’t laughed this hard in awhile!

  • The other Dave

    I would like to second the suspicion of meth abuse.

  • Linnea

    So, her logic is that just because she dressed up in a deeply offensive costume, frightened the pants off the neighbors, and tried to injure strangers by spraying bleach on them, she shouldn’t be charged with a crime? Yeah, right. At the very least, she can be charged with assault and property damage, and should be, in addition to the harassment charges.

    I’d say she’s also in severe need of a mental-health evaluation.

  • Shadow Wolf

    Wow, I don’t think she’s eligible to stand trial. Due to the graven possibility that she may be legally insane. She’s clearly a nut-case. But lucky enough that she didn’t get anything worst than a “broken nose”(which she probably and rightfully deserved).

    …..they really should lay off that meth.