Pocatello: Too Great for Hate
Know Your Rights

It is important to know that you have a right to live in your home and go about your business free from harassment or endangerment of your life and property. This page provides a basic overview of legal rights, state and federal laws concerning malicious harassment, and information about what to do if you think you are a victim of a hate crime or bias incident.

Important Links:

  1. BulletSouthern Poverty Law Center: www.splcenter.org

  2. BulletIdaho Human Rights Education Center: www.idaho-humanrights.org

From the Idaho Code:

18-7902. Malicious harassment defined -- Prohibited

It shall be unlawful for any person, maliciously and with the specific intent to intimidate or harass another person because of that person's race, color, religion, ancestry, or national origin, to:

(a) Cause physical injury to another person; or

(b) Damage, destroy, or deface any real or personal property of another person; or

(c) Threaten, by word or act, to do the acts prohibited if there is reasonable cause to believe that any of the acts described in subsections (a) and (b) of this section will occur.

For purposes of this section, "deface" shall include, but not be limited to, cross-burnings or the placing of any word or symbol commonly associated with racial, religious or ethnic terrorism on the property of another person without his or her permission.