Olympia prof says he's not to blame for vandalism

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- An Evergreen State College professor blamed for inciting protesters against an Olympia newspaper photographer says he's not responsible for vandalism at the photographer's home.

Peter Bohmer teaches economics at the Olympia college and told KIRO-FM Wednesday he's dedicated to social change and was at a 2007 Port of Olympia demonstration against shipping Fort Lewis Army equipment to Iraq.

Bohmer says he saw The Olympian photographer taking pictures and said he should not be photographing because it could be used by the police.

Photographer Tony Overman says protesters backed him against a fence then, and he feels they were instigated by Bohmer. Earlier this month the word "snitch" was sprayed on Overman's truck and the tires were slashed.

Bohmer says he's had no contact with Overman and never threatened him.

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Information from: KIRO-FM, http://mynorthwest.com/