In October, Aimee Whitchurch and Christel Conklin called police in their hometown of Parker, CO, claiming a noose had been hung from their front door and the words “Kill the Gay” scrawled on their garage.
But now the women have been arrested by police, who believe the couple faked the incident. Whitchurch and Conklin initially told officers they believed the attack was perpetrated by neighbors who were angry they didn’t clean up after their dogs.
But working in conjunction with the FBI, police investigated the incident and arrested the women for criminal mischief and false reporting. Whitchurch, who was also charged with forgery, told KMGH-TV ABC 7 TV that the cops got it wrong: “The only thing I can think is they didn’t like this thing public, I don’t know.”
She also said she won’t back down. “This is a fight I started. This is a fight I’m going to finish. This is a fight I’m right on. I have every right to live where I want to live.”
But local civil-rights activists aren’t thrilled with the women. Scott Levin, the Mountain States Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, issued a statement saying such a false report “wastes law enforcement’s time and resources.” “When people make false claims of being victims of hate crimes, they take advantage of sympathetic community members and of the media.”