Leith residents want town backLeith, ND (WDAY TV) - New developments following the unrest in Leith, North Dakota: The State Health Department is expected to shut down the home of white supremacist Craig Cobb because of sanitary conditions there.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Leith, ND (WDAY TV) - New developments following the unrest in Leith, North Dakota: The State Health Department is expected to shut down the home of white supremacist Craig Cobb because of sanitary conditions there.
Meanwhile, he small Western North Dakota town of Leith is starting the week fresh today after a Sunday most of them will never forget; the day Swastika flags flew and special response tactical teams came into town.
The people of Leith want their town back.
As protesters of Craig Cobb and the white supremacists marched into Leith, some of the town's youngest residents watched in disbelief; including the children of Mayor Ryan Schock. The father of three has witnessed fear on the faces of his own.
Ryan Schock- Leith Mayor: “Like I said, it is very disturbing. It ain't right. For the last few weeks, they have been monitored very closely. It is very sad what has happened to our little town.”
Only a dozen people live in this sleepy western town, and to see Leith transformed in just hours.
Junior Schock- Leith: “To go from a one-horse town to this; it is incredible. We have been here our whole life, and a guy can move in and can take over a whole community. Everyone is on edge. Can't blame them.”
Mary Johnson of Fargo drove out to Leith to take part in the protest against the white supremacist because, she says, her voice had to join all others in doing what needed to be done.
Mary Johnson- Fargo: “I am astounded. I mean, in 2013; this day in age? The hate; come on.”
Gerald McNeil- White Supremacist: “We are not here to hate. We are here to be white, and be proud to be white.”
And it appears Craig Cobb may be on his way out of Leith. Because his home lacks running water or sewer, the state of North Dakota may take steps to shut him down and leave him without a place to call home.
Cobb says he will file a federal lawsuit against Leith and the city leaders if that happens. Today, the troopers and protestors have left, and Leith is back to being what it likes best: An off-the-beaten place in ND that is happy being part of the peaceful landscape of the west, and nothing else.
And late Monday afternoon, WDAY 6 News learned the state will issue a final letter to Craig Cobb this week, ordering him out of his house in Leith because of health concerns.
Cobb says he will use the Civil Rights act to sue the city of Leith and the state of North Dakota, if he is forced from his home.