Authorities say a white supremacist who moved to the small southwestern North Dakota town of Leith two weeks ago was forcibly removed from a city council meeting by law enforcement officers.
City councilman Lee Cook tells the Bismarck Tribune that 29-year-old Kynan Dutton was confrontational, profane and was making racist comments to people at the Friday night meeting.
"I've never heard insults so profane, especially with kids present. It was way off the scope," Cook said.
Grant County Sheriff Steve Bay said Dutton "was pretty drunk" and was taken to his residence, owned by Craig Cobb who has been buying property in Leith and recruiting others with white supremacist views to come there so he can create a voting majority, take control of the town and turn it into an all-white enclave.
A telephone listing could not immediately be found for Dutton on Sunday.
Dutton has said he plans to put a mobile home donated by a supporter on his property.
On Friday, officials were holding the first reading on a new ordinance that will place a moratorium on any new building or trailers until the community can add zoning and building codes. The moratorium was approved later in the meeting.
Dutton and his wife, Deborah Dutton, and their five children moved from Oregon to Leith in early October and have been living in Cobb's home, which has no running water or sewer. Regional health officials have unsuccessfully tried to use that as a means to force Cobb out.
Cook said Saturday that Deborah Dutton and three children had left Cobb's house and townspeople provided gas money and contacts for a safe shelter.
Sheriff Bay said law enforcement officials were continuing to investigate the situation and said he would meet with the Grant County state's attorney about possible charges.