Native American activist Nathan Phillips – now famous for confronting a group of kids at Lincoln memorial – has a criminal record, including assault and escape from prison.
Phillips thrust himself into the limelight after he said that the students blocked his exit and taunted him with abusive and racist chants.
That was until new additional footage emerged debunking his version of the event, showing him approaching the students rather than the students taunting him.
Phillips also misrepresented his military service in the U.S. Marines. In April, he was quoted by Vogue as saying: “You know, I’m from Vietnam times. I’m what they call a recon ranger. That was my role.”
He also claimed to be a Vietnam vet.
That was not true.
The Marine Corps confirmed to Fox News that Phillips never served in the Vietnam War and wasn’t deployed overseas.
Now according to the Washington Examiner, Nathan Phillips’ past also includes being arrested and charged with escaping from prison, assault, and several alcohol-related crimes.
In 1974, Phillips pleaded guilty to assault charges and was fined $200. In later years, he faced numerous other charges and arrest. He was also sentenced to one year of probation stemming from charges of alcohol possession by a minor, the report said.
Phillips, who was 19 at the time, was “charged with escaping from the Nebraska Penal Complex where he was confined May 3,” according to a May 9, 1974, article in the Lincoln Star. The court approved a bond of $500 and set a preliminary hearing for May 14.
He pleaded guilty to assault on June 19, 1974, and was fined $200. In addition, he was charged with underage possession of alcohol in 1972, 1973, and 1975, as well as negligent driving. A destruction of property charge against him was dropped in August 1973, but Phillips was sentenced to one year probation for a related charge of alcohol possession by a minor. In December 1978, he was charged with driving without a license.
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