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Charges Dropped Against Most Defendants in American Front Case

Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads, Trial Updates, White Supremacist by Bill Morlin on April 4, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Criminal charges have been dropped against nine of 13 people arrested last year in Florida for allegedly participating in paramilitary training with the American Front, described by authorities as a well-armed, militia-style white supremacist group.

Only its leader, Marcus Faella, 39, still faces trial next month in Osceola County. He is charged with participating and teaching paramilitary training, attempting to shoot into an occupied dwelling, and directing the activities of a gang.

Previously, defendant Christopher Brooks, 28, was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm. Luke Leger, 32, and Kent McLellan, 22, each received four years probation after pleading no contest to charges of participating in paramilitary training.

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Racist Accused of Shooting Idaho Deputies Faces Weapons Charge

Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads by Bill Morlin on November 26, 2012 - 1:30 pm

A man with white supremacist tattoos, accused of shooting and nearly killing two Idaho sheriff’s deputies last month, has been charged by federal authorities with being a felon in possession of a handgun. ( continue to full post… )

Alleged Cop Shooter in Idaho Said to be White Supremacist

Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads by Bill Morlin on November 8, 2012 - 12:20 pm

An Idaho sheriff’s deputy is alive today after his bulletproof vest was struck by bullets allegedly fired at close range by a 27-year-old fugitive who reportedly is a white supremacist with ties to the neo-Nazi Hammerskins.

That deputy and another officer, whose names were not released, were shot on Oct. 23 in Canyon County in southern Idaho after attempting to arrest suspect Kyle Alan Batt of Caldwell, Idaho. Batt remains hospitalized in serious condition in a Boise hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head that ended a five-hour SWAT team standoff. ( continue to full post… )

Wisconsin Temple Attack: Authorities Chose to Look the Other Way

Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Racist Music, Racist Skinheads by Mark Potok on August 13, 2012 - 10:02 am

Editor’s Note: This essay by Hatewatch Editor Mark Potok was originally posted Sunday night in The New York Times online opinion section as part of a “Room for Debate” feature that also included articles from four other contributors. The essays were meant to address the question, “Is the Threat From Hate Groups Overlooked?”

One of the most troubling aspects of the mass murder of Sikhs near Milwaukee last week is that the man who carried it out was well known to groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center that monitor the radical right. The shooter, Wade Michael Page, had long been a fixture on the white supremacist music scene and was associated with seriously violent skinhead groups like the Hammerskin Nation.

But the almost certain reality is that there was little that law enforcement officials or others could have done to foresee or forestall the racist attack. Page does not seem to have done anything to suggest that he was planning a slaughter, and his views, fully protected by the First Amendment, were no different from those of thousands of other angry white nationalists.

Still, the attack occurred in the context of a sharp rise in the number of hate groups and antigovernment “patriot” organizations, mostly spurred by the changing racial demographics of our country, which are personified in our first black president. Domestic, non-Muslim terrorism has been on the rise since Barack Obama took office in 2009. Given that reality, is there something more that law enforcement should be doing? ( continue to full post… )

Neo-Nazi Killer Wade Page was Member of Hammerskin Nation

Posted in Domestic Terrorism, Extremist Crime, Hate Crime, Hate Groups, Neo-Nazi, Racist Music, Racist Skinheads by Ryan Lenz on August 8, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Wade Michael Page, the racist skinhead who killed six people last weekend at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin before turning the gun on himself, was a “patched” member of the Northern Hammerskins, a regional chapter of the larger Hammerskin Nation, the Southern Poverty Law Center has learned.

Page became a full, or patched, member of the Hammerskin chapter last October and appeared to be rising quickly in the organization, according to postings on Crew 38, the online forum for Hammerskin Nation (HSN). This year, in fact, his girlfriend, using the name “LuluRoman” on the forum, directed all regional inquiries regarding Northern Hammerskin events to Page. ( continue to full post… )

County GOP Committee Wants to Oust Former Skinhead

Posted in Racist Skinheads by Leah Nelson on June 5, 2012 - 2:32 pm

The GOP committee for Luzerne County, Penn., is trying to determine whether it can eject from its ranks a white supremacist who was elected to the committee with only one vote during the state’s April 24 primary election, the Scranton Times Tribune reports.

Steve Smith, a longtime racist activist with a history of violence and top-level ties to numerous white nationalist hate groups, reportedly won the election by writing himself in as a candidate for one of the two committee seats allotted to his district, Pittston City Ward 4.

In a statement released Monday, the Luzerne County GOP Committee denounced Smith’s “abhorrent” and “hateful” views but noted that its bylaws contain no language permitting it to expel a committee member for his or her beliefs. ( continue to full post… )

Longtime White Supremacist to Serve on Penn. County GOP Committee

Posted in Racist Skinheads by Leah Nelson on May 30, 2012 - 2:41 pm

Steve Smith, a longtime racist activist with a history of violence and top-level ties to numerous white nationalist hate groups, has been elected to a 4-year term on the Republican Party’s county committee for Luzerne County, Penn., One People’s Project reports.

Recruited into the neo-Nazi movement while he was stationed at Fort Bragg in the 1990s, Smith, of Pittston, Penn., has been active in an extraordinary array of white nationalist, skinhead, and neo-Nazi groups, including American Third Position, Keystone United (formerly Keystone State Skinheads), and the Council of Conservative Citizens. He is a former Aryan Nations member and former leader of the Philadelphia chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of White People, which was created by former Klan leader David Duke but is no longer associated with him. Smith also belongs to a Pennsylvania-based group called the European American Action Coalition (EAAC), which according to its website was formed in fall 2011 “by a few well known White activists in the great and historic state of Pennsylvania.” ( continue to full post… )

FBI: Washington White Supremacist Plotted to Kill Obama in 2010

Posted in Hate Crime, Neo-Nazi, Racist Skinheads, White Supremacist by Bill Morlin on May 10, 2012 - 4:50 pm

The FBI in 2010 disrupted what its agents now believe was a terrorist plot that involved killing President Obama, according to testimony and court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Spokane, Wash.

The revelation came at the two-day sentencing hearing for white supremacist Wayde Lynn Kurt, the accused mastermind of an alleged plot that was foiled with his arrest on federal firearms and forgery charges.

At the time of his arrest on Aug. 30, 2010, Kurt was associated with a gang of violent neo-Nazi skinheads and white supremacist Odinists who proudly talked of carrying out “coon-hunting” racial attacks in the Pacific Northwest. Their conversations were captured on a videotape that was later turned over to the FBI and shown in court during Kurt’s sentencing hearing. ( continue to full post… )

Racist Skinhead Leaders Arrested in Florida Conspiracy

Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads by Mark Potok on May 7, 2012 - 12:21 pm

Three Florida leaders of the American Front, a California-based group of racist skinheads known for its predilection for violence, have been arrested on conspiracy and hate crime charges, along with four other members of the gang. ( continue to full post… )

Skin Who Punched Victim Before Reading Pleads in Assault

Posted in Extremist Crime, Racist Skinheads by Bill Morlin on December 12, 2011 - 11:27 am

Round 2 for the racist skinhead who didn’t read the fine print before assaulting a black man went like this: A no-contest guilty plea to a felony charge of malicious harassment.

In Round 1, as you may recall, Daren Christopher Abbey was laid out flat last summer, complete with a black eye, outside a Bayview, Idaho, bar after yelling racial slurs at and then assaulting Marlon L. Baker. ( continue to full post… )