Are Armed Nazi Socialists Really Patrolling the Streets of Sanford, Florida?
Jeff Schoep and members of the National Socialist Movement at a previous protest. (Kitartas)
The leader of the National Socialist Party white supremist group says his members are patrolling the streets of Sanford, Florida since the Trayvon Martin shooting… and they are armed.
The New York Daily News reported:
The Trayvon Martin case is getting even more heated as armed neo-Nazis are reportedly patrolling the streets of Sanford, Fla.-where the black, unarmed teen was shot and killed.
A representative for the Detroit-based National Socialist movement told the Miami New Times that his group of roughly 10 to 20 volunteers aren’t there to start trouble, but are prepared to protect the “white citizens in the area” in the event of race riots.
“Whenever there is one of these racially charged events, Al Sharpton goes wherever blacks need him,” Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement told the news organization. “We do similar things. We are a white civil rights organization…We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over.”
Sanford authorities said ealier this week that they have a plan in place in case violence erupts, and they have met with emergency management teams and the federal Department of Justice.
Since Martin was killed on Feb. 26 by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, tensions have been running high. The shooting has sparked massive protests across the country, in addition to a furor over race and justice.
Is there any evidence that this is actually happening in Sanford?
UPDATE: The Sanford police respond.