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Neo-Nazis Plan Patrols in Florida in Wake of Trayvon Martin Shooting

By Heidi Beirich on April 8, 2012 - 2:35 pm, Posted in Neo-Nazi

The neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement (NSM) has announced that it will be conducting patrols in Seminole County, Fla., to protect “local citizens from the area who are concerned for the safety of their families.” The group says it is prepared for “racial violence” in the Sanford area, where the Martin shooting occurred, and that is has been “contacted by dozens of local citizens” supposedly seeking protection.

The NSM’s announcement warns of imminent racial violence, saying that “the Melting Pot is brimming over like a powder keg ready to explode into the streets.” Rabidly anti-Semitic and racist, the NSM is known for its frequent rallies, where members often come dressed in full Nazi uniforms featuring swastika armbands.

The NSM announcement pointed as evidence of impending racial strife to the recent comments by New Black Panther Party (NBPP) leader Mikhail Muhammad that the group had started a “Wanted: Dead or Alive” campaign to bring justice for Trayvon Martin. Muhammad said the group was offering a $10,000 bounty for the capture of George Zimmerman, the alleged shooter in the case. The NBPP is listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) for its anti-white and anti-Semitic beliefs.

The NSM is one of the country’s largest neo-Nazi hate groups. Headquartered out of Detroit, Mich., the organization has chapters across the country including two in Florida (the closest to Sanford is in Tampa).

Though the NSM’s posting is rabidly racist, the group’s leader, Jeff Schoep, hasn’t always been so unfriendly to minorities, including black people. For more on that, check Hatewatch this coming week.

  • H41N

    Yes, call all cops to “book” the neo-Nazi members as soon as they surface but the NBPP leader offering a public bounty & talking about “dead or alive” referring to the alleged shooter is what? Acceptable? A justified reaction?

    The Neighborhood Watch volunteer I doubt walked up to this guy & shot him unprovoked. Maybe if there hadn’t been (at the very least) suspicion of wrongdoing by the volunteer, the entire incident could’ve been avoided.

  • Lynn

    It’s quite ironic that this site is supposed to be protecting citizens from hate yet they seem to have the most hate of them all including it’s supporters who comment on here bashing others. You are a bunch of hypocrites. So you are an anti hate group that hates the right wing?

  • Reynardine

    Fred, I went over there and it looks like they cleaned little Rebecca out.

  • Fred

    A person posting under the username “rebecca” has posted several hate messages at the Trayvon Martin Forum ( That person is a classic example of the disgusting hate-mongers that are investigated by the SPLC.

  • Gregory

    It would be traditional at this point to queue up the YouTube “Illinois Nazis” clip from the Blues Brothers.

  • Erika

    Given that showing up in a “stand your ground” shoot first ask questions never state dressed as a Nazi could be practically listed on the coroner’s report as “death by suicide” one doubts that these people actually have enough courage to show up.

    Does anyone remember that Nazi group that wanted to march in Washington, DC behind an army of DC Police officers and then canceled their march because only three Nazis showed up to march? If they are too chicken to march behind an army of police officers there to protect them, there is no way they are going to be showing up in a place where someone could shoot you merely for feeling threatened (and considering that the mere sight of a Nazi uniform is enough to make many feel threatened).

  • david

    neo nazi’s look for any situation to spread hate and violence. if they have any common sense at all they will stay home and read mien kamph

  • Reynardine

    ASA Angela Corey says she is not convening a grand jury, and if she charges, she will charge by information. Under Florida law, a grand jury is mandatory only for (a) a Murder I charge; (b) the rape of a child, both of which are still capital crimes, though only the former can actually incur the death penalty. Any crime from Murder II on down can be charged by information. It’s anyone’s guess what this means. She could be going easy on Zimmerman; on the other hand, she could be afraid a grand jury of Seminole Countians would.

  • CriticalDragon1177

    Heidi Beirich,

    I’m not surprised by this, not surprised at all. The police to be prepared to make arrest if the NSM thugs try to “defend” anyone.

  • Shadow Wolf

    Boy, I wish the SHARPs came back.

  • CM

    In the late ’60s, people in the small Virginia town where I lived at the time were circulating a rumor that the Black Panthers (the “old” version) were “known” to be planning to come to our town from Washington, D.C., to wreak havoc on white people. Like any good urban legend, the story was always attributed to some unimpeachable but unnamed source.

    Not surprisingly, no such thing ever actually happened, and none of the people who mongered that rumor ever came forward and said, “You know, I was completely wrong about that Black Panther stuff, how could I have been so gullible?”

  • Red Weasel

    For a bit of off color humor a fox news affiliate in Orlando ran the headline “Civil Rights group patrolling Sanford.”


    After numerous complaints, Fox 35 has now changed the title of the story on the website to Neo-Nazi group patrolling Sanford. Seems they’ve gone from “Civil Rights” to “White Rights” to now “Neo-Nazi”.

  • Bukko Canukko

    Is the National Socialist Movement any more of a threat than the New Black Panthers? I read the NSP profile on the link, 61 chapters, yada yada, but are they all trash-talk and no patrolling? (Except for Internet trolling.) Just like I doubt the NBP could come up with much more than $10 for a bounty, to say nothing of $10,000. In the wonderful world of the Internet, George Plimpton’s “paper tigers” have turned into “paperless Panthers” and “screen SeigHeilers.”

    That said, I was having a discussion with a co-worker about the Trayvon Martin case (as an American expatriate, I’m often called upon to explain the bizarre goings-on in ViolenceLand) and SHE mentioned the $10K bounty. Not out of prejudice or anything, just as a factoid that had sunk into her consciousness. People in other countries register some strange things about the U.S. If America is a brand, its reputation is sinking to that of the “pink slime” hamburger additive in the eyes of the world.

  • Allan

    I certainly hope that the police round up the Nazis for the communty’s protection. It’s quite ironic hearing that these losers think they’re protecting anything and laughable that anyone called them. As soon as they surface, book the sick, twisted clowns.

  • Sam Molloy

    I sure thought we won WWII.

  • Supersonic250

    “that it has been “contacted by dozens of local citizens” supposedly seeking protection.”

    …The voices in your goose-stepping heads aren’t local citizens, guys. Stop pretending.

  • Reynardine

    Thank you, Aron. I daresay they will. My dog isn’t mean, but several of my friends are.

  • Aron


    As soon as I heard about this, I immediately thought of you and yours. I hope they leave you the heck alone.

  • Reynardine

    Thanx for the heads up. I’m a stone’s throw across the river from these Fox.