Spokane, Washington– Rachel Dolezal became president of the local chapter of the NAACP in January of 2015. In February, she stated that she found an envelope in the PO Box for the NAACP that contained pictures of lynchings and racially charged references to cases about local issues regarding race. The police report on this incident was released on June 10.
Is she a target?
From the getgo, Ms. Dolezal has claimed that she has been targeted by haters. January 16-19, she gave a speech at Spokane Community College in which she told detectives that a white man “borderline” attacked her.
Via KREM, here is a timeline of the investigation:
On February 25, she received an envelope with “racially charged rhetoric” in it. She reported the envelope to Detectives on Feb 26. On March 2, the Spokane PD found that they were unable to fingerprint the envelope, so they visited the Post Office where the NAACP box is located and spoke to the staff. Police did not believe any of the staff were involved in this incident. Security cameras at the post office were not working at the time of this incident.
On March 3, Ms. Dolezal told reporters she took the threats seriously and was concerned for her family’s safety.
On March 9, a rally is held outside the Spokane City Hall in support of Ms. Dolezal.
On April 15, she states she has been the victim of a home break in- surveillance footage shows a man and a woman walking into her home. That incident is under investigation.
On May 12, Ms. Dolezal says she received another letter filled with threats. Police believe this letter may have been sent by the person who sent the first envelope.
Ms. Dolezal had similar incidents when she was working civil rights situations in North Idaho. She has given her fingerprints to the Spokane PD for elimination purposes, and has notified other NAACP leaders of the threats.
According to KXLY, Spokane detectives have determined that the envelopes sent to the NAACP were “never processed” through the Post Office.
Postal workers told detectives the envelope had not been canceled, time stamped or imprinted with the bar code that directs mail to the right destination. According to the police report, the postal inspector told detectives, “The only way this letter could have ended up in this P.O. box would be if it was placed there by someone with a key to that box or a USPS employee.” KXLY
Police submitted DNA, which came back to a male, but the sample does not match anyone in the criminal database.
In a past incident from 2009, Ms. Dolezal reported that a “noose” was left hanging outside her home in North Idaho and she felt threatened.When police contacted the owner of the property, he explained that he had a deer hanging there, and the “noose”may have been left over from that situation. When police tried to recontact Ms. Dolezal, she failed to return the call and the case was closed as “unfounded.”
She has expressed dismay that no arrests have ever been made regarding the incidents of hate crimes she has reported.
When a local news organization asked Ms. Dolezal if she put the envelope in the PO Box herself, she responded that she would never “terrorize her children” in that manner. It was not only a valid question, given the lack of evidence, but it took some kind of courage to even ask it in today’s racially charged atmosphere.
People who are easily terrorized and offended, usually eventually get what they are hoping for by those who see their desire to be victims.
The video below was posted on YouTube, March 6, 2015