After the swearing in of Battle Grounds City Council member, Paul Zandamela, a Black man on January 7, 2008, city council members, some members of the city’s administrative staff, and The Reflector received in email.
As you know, there is a n****r on our city council named Paul Zandamela. Our city government must be corrupt to have this p***h monkey as an elected official. According to our year 2000 census, c***s only make up .49% of our population, and I know I would never vote for one of those s****s. I don’t see how a person who is different from 99.51% of our population can properly make decisions for us.
The sender identified himself as “Battleground Anonymous.”
After a second racially charged email was received, investigations by the Battle Ground P.D. and Clark County Sheriffs Department traced the emails to Christopher Reinhold, the 18 year-old son of Battle Grounds Deputy Mayor, Alex Rheinhold.
Appearing in Clark County Court yesterday, Rheinholds attorney claimed, “the language was at best, disgusting,” but said his client never made any threats.
“It’s a First Amendment issue,” Jon McMullen said.
Rheinhold is on supervised release, cannot access computers and has been ordered to not contact members of the City Council, other then his father.