PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — An alleged white supremacist has pleaded not guilty to head-butting a man at Pendleton's downtown wiener dog race last month.
James Albert Tibbets is charged with harassment, intimidation, attempted assault and disorderly conduct. Umatilla County District Attorney Dean Gushwa says a slur the 21-year-old allegedly made about the victim's Jewish heritage prompted the intimidation charge.
Judge Christopher Brauer this week released Tibbets until his next court appearance, but restricted him from visiting any place of Jewish worship in Oregon. The judge also prohibited Tibbets, who reportedly has a swastika tattooed on an ankle, from having any contact with the victim.
Tibbets' mother, Kara Tibbets, told the East Oregonian newspaper that her son is bipolar and not a white supremacist
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