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July 18, 2013 0

Arizona Aryan Brotherhood Member Convicted Of Hate Crime For Threatening Phoenix Officer

A Phoenix jury on July 10, 2013, con­victed a self-professed mem­ber of the Ari­zona Aryan Broth­er­hood, Brian Lee Harm, of one felony count of threat­en­ing the Phoenix Police Depart­ment offi­cer who had arrested him for tres­pass­ing in August 2012.  The con­vic­tion included a hate crime enhancement.brian-lee-harm

Accord­ing to the police report filed after Harm’s arrest, the offi­cer encoun­tered Harm while respond­ing to a call about a white male wav­ing his hands in the air and yelling at pass­ing vehi­cles.   When the offi­cer found him, Harm—who matched the descrip­tion called in—was attempt­ing to force open the slid­ing glass doors of a nearby office build­ing.  The offi­cer, and a sec­ond offi­cer who soon arrived at the scene, spoke with Harm and even­tu­ally placed him under arrest for trespassing. 

Fol­low­ing his arrest, Harm became angry and abu­sive, soon laps­ing into repeated crude eth­nic slurs.  Accord­ing to the offi­cer, Harm’s rhetoric esca­lated, with Harm threat­en­ing to injure or kill the offi­cer and to “make trou­ble” for all offi­cers in the area.  When Harm stated that he was a mem­ber of the Aryan Broth­er­hood (a ref­er­ence to the Ari­zona Aryan Broth­er­hood, a large and vio­lent white suprema­cist prison gang), the offi­cer began record­ing Harm’s remarks.

Among the recorded remarks Harm made was a threat to “beat nig­ger chil­dren, too, I don’t fu–in’ care.”  Harm said that he would have “all my Broth­er­hood broth­ers” come to the neigh­bor­hood and “you’ll pay the ulti­mate price.”  He told the offi­cer that “ni—rs won’t be safe in this neigh­bor­hood” and that “it’s gonna be tough to go out to din­ner for you now.”  His remarks included many more sim­i­lar com­ments, includ­ing addi­tional threats.

Pros­e­cu­tors charged harm with felony threat­en­ing or intim­i­dat­ing as well as assist­ing a crim­i­nal street gang.  In Harm’s July 2013 trial, the jury acquit­ted Harm of the assist­ing a gang charge but found him guilty of threat­en­ing or intim­i­dat­ing.  Fur­ther­more, in the aggra­va­tion phase of delib­er­a­tions, the jury found that the offense involved the inflic­tion or threat­ened inflic­tion of seri­ous phys­i­cal injury, that the defen­dant com­mit­ted the offense with the intent to pro­mote, fur­ther or assist crim­i­nal con­duct by a crim­i­nal street gang, and that the offense was a bias crime (i.e., a hate crime).

Harm is cur­rently in the Mari­copa County Jail await­ing sentencing.

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June 19, 2013 30

Anti-Semites And Extremists To Host “Freedompalooza 2013” On July 4th Weekend

White suprema­cists, anti-Semites, anti-government extrem­ists and con­spir­acy the­o­rists are among speak­ers sched­uled to appear at “Free­dom­palooza 2013,” orga­nized by Paul Topete, lead singer of the band Pok­er­face and an anti-Semite and anti-government extrem­ist.   It is the third time Topete has orga­nized such an event in Penn­syl­va­nia, but he allegedly has plans to orga­nize future events in other regions of the country.freedom-palooza-2013

Free­dom­palooza will take place from July 4–6, 2013, in Bucks County in east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia.  Although a local restau­rant is pro­vid­ing the prop­erty and sell­ing food at the event, the pri­mary spon­sor (and  pro­moter) of the event is the Amer­i­can Free Press, the anti-Semitic and conspiracy-oriented news­pa­per pub­lished by long-time white suprema­cist Willis Carto.

Topete has lined up a long list of bands and speak­ers, many of the lat­ter com­ing from extrem­ist and fringe move­ments and causes.  One theme that unites many speak­ers is vir­u­lent anti-Semitism or anti-Israel sen­ti­ment.  Two of the more promi­nent speak­ers, for exam­ple, are for­mer mem­bers of Con­gress:  Cyn­thia McK­in­ney and James Traf­i­cant.  McK­in­ney  is a long-time anti-Israel activist who has sup­ported anti-Semitic groups such as the Nation of Islam and the New Black Pan­ther Party, while Traf­i­cant, since his release from prison on fed­eral rack­e­teer­ing and bribery con­vic­tions, has joined the Amer­i­can Free Press, in whose pages he has expressed his own anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views.  Another sched­uled speaker is Jim Con­dit, Jr., who sev­eral times ran for Con­gress in Ohio, tak­ing advan­tage of his can­di­date sta­tus to obtain a plat­form for express­ing his anti-Semitic views in radio advertisements.

Other speak­ers report­edly sched­uled to attend include Mer­lin Miller, the 2012 pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the white suprema­cist Amer­i­can Free­dom Party,  sev­eral Amer­i­can Free Press writ­ers, and Cyn­thia Steele, the wife of white suprema­cist attor­ney Edgar Steele (cur­rently serv­ing a 50-year sen­tence for con­spir­acy to mur­der Cyn­thia, a charge she claims is false).

Free­dom­palooza will also host a vari­ety of anti-government extrem­ist speak­ers, includ­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from sev­eral mili­tia groups, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the anti-government and con­spir­a­to­r­ial Oath Keep­ers, and the Apple­seed Project, a marks­man­ship pro­gram that warns atten­dees that they may have to (lit­er­ally) fight the gov­ern­ment to main­tain their liberty.

Also present will be Larry Pratt, head of the Gun Own­ers of Amer­ica, a rad­i­cal gun rights group, and Jeff Christo­pher, a sher­iff from Delaware with ties to Michael Per­outka, for­mer pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the right-wing extrem­ist Con­sti­tu­tion Party.  Christopher’s bat­tle with the state of Delaware over that state’s deci­sion to elim­i­nate the arrest pow­ers of its three county sher­iffs has been much pro­moted by the Amer­i­can Free Press and other right-wing sources.

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March 28, 2013 1

White Supremacists To Stage Protest Over Memphis Parks

This Sat­ur­day, March 30, mem­bers of a North Carolina-based Ku Klux Klan group and other white suprema­cists will stage a protest at a cour­t­house in down­town Mem­phis, Ten­nessee, to protest that city’s deci­sion to rename three local parks bear­ing names related to the Con­fed­er­acy. In ral­ly­ing sup­port for the protest, Chris Barker, the “Impe­r­ial Wiz­ard” of the Loyal White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan (LWK), told fol­low­ers that the gov­ern­ment was attempt­ing to “erase all that our Anglo Saxon Race has to be proud of.” Fol­low­ing the protest, the LWK plans to host a cross-burning on pri­vate prop­erty at an undis­closed location.

A num­ber of Klan groups reacted with anger in Feb­ru­ary 2013, after the Mem­phis City Coun­cil voted 9–0 to rename Nathan Bed­ford For­rest Park, Con­fed­er­ate Park and Jef­fer­son Davis Park with less offen­sive titles. Of the three, the park named after For­rest had been the most con­tro­ver­sial, as prior to the Civil War, For­rest had been a slave trader, and dur­ing the War was a gen­eral who had been asso­ci­ated with the mas­sacre of African-American sol­diers. After the war he became the first national leader of the Ku Klux Klan. 

Klan reac­tion fol­low­ing the vote was pre­dictable. James Moore, the LWK’s Grand Dragon for the Realm of Vir­ginia, posted a YouTube video of him­self attempt­ing to describe the City Council’s unan­i­mous vote as a “con­tin­u­ing cul­tural geno­cide [against] white Amer­i­cans.” Frank Ancona, the Missouri-based leader of another Klan group, the Tra­di­tion­al­ist Amer­i­can Knights, claimed that “nig­gardly politi­cians” had “declared WAR on our White Con­fed­er­ate Heroes and History.”

Barker launched a cam­paign ask­ing his mem­bers and those of other Klan groups to call Mem­phis city coun­cil mem­bers to protest the deci­sion, even pro­vid­ing Klans­men with their phone num­bers and e-mail addresses. Frank Ancona urged his own mem­bers to par­tic­i­pate in “call­ing these degen­er­ate scum ASAP and let’s make them sorry they ever made this ridicu­lous deci­sion.” Some city coun­cil mem­bers have reported receiv­ing such communications.

On Feb­ru­ary 14, Tamra Crow­der sub­mit­ted a per­mit on behalf of the LWK for  the group’s pub­lic protest.  Other white suprema­cists soon joined in.  On March 10, the National Social­ist Move­ment (NSM), a neo-Nazi group based in Detroit, Michi­gan, announced that NSM leader Jeff Schoep would speak at the Mem­phis event.  NSM mem­bers from Texas, South Car­olina and Geor­gia also plan to attend. The North­ern Mis­sis­sippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, the Arkansas-based Inter­na­tional Key­stone Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, and the Louisiana-based neo-Nazi group Aryan Nations have all also claimed that mem­bers would attend.

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