Are there really Neo-Nazis patrolling Sanford?

Not according to the Sanford police who, one would think, might have an inkling if “10-20 locals and volunteers” were riding around the small community armed and loaded for bear.

The idea that the Neo-Nazis had set up shop in Sanford came from a blog at the publication Miami New Times, and was based on an interview with some fanatic from Detroit who claims his storm troopers are patrolling Sanford to protect white people from a race riot.

Neo-Nazis are currently conducting heavily armed patrols in and around Sanford, Florida and are “prepared” for violence in the case of a race riot. The patrols are to protect “white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety” in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting last month, says Commander Jeff Schoep of the National Socialist Movement. “We are not advocating any type of violence or attacks on anybody, but we are prepared for it,” he says. “We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over.”

Because nothing diffuses racial tension like gun-toting racial separatists patrolling an already on-edge community.

Schoep, whose neo-Nazi group is based in Detroit, tells Riptide the patrols are a response to white residents’ fears of a race riot.A group called the New Black Panther Party recently offered $10,000 for a citizens’ arrest of George Zimmerman, Martin’s shooter. Schoep said the bounty is a sign that “the possibility of further racial violence… is brimming over like a powder keg ready to explode into the streets.”

The patrols are comprised of between 10 and 20 locals and “volunteers” from across the state, including some from Miami, he added. He couldn’t go into specifics on what kind of firepower, exactly, the patrols had with them.

“In Arizona the guys can walk around with assault weapons and that’s totally legal,” Schoep said, referring to the group’s patrols of the US-Mexico border. “What I can tell you is that any patrols that we are doing now in Florida are totally within the law.”

What a great story. A real scoop. Except that the idiot blogger never confirmed the lying loony’s story with the Standford police – something William Jacobson did:

My initial e-mail (which included an embedded link to the Memeorandum thread):

“There are a number of reports in the media that Neo-Nazis are conducting armed patrols in Sanford. Can you confirm or deny whether this is true, and provide any information you have on the subject? If someone is able to get back to me as soon as possible (and before Monday) that would be appreciated, since such rumors are spreading.”

Response from Sanford Joint Information Center:

“At this time the City of Sanford has not confirmed the presence of Neo-Nazis groups.”

My follow up:

“You say “not confirmed.” Is there any indication of such patrols that the Department is aware of?”

Further Response from Sanford Joint Information Center:

“We have no indication of any such patrols at this point in Sanford. The only large gathering was the children and their parents at the Easter egg hunt.”

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Don‘t Let Radicals Use Trayvon Martin’s Death to Push Political Agendas

On his Thursday radio broadcast, Glenn Beck delved into an incident that has ignited a whirlwind of controversy — one that has raised pulses of people from all walks, but all for different reasons. His radio segment with a caller concerned over the fallout follows below, but first The Blaze provides some background:

By now, many are probably familiar with the disturbing story of Trayvon Martin — a 17-year-old black teen gunned down by a Florida gated community’s self-appointed neighborhood watchman. Much of the current evidence indicates the shooting was a hate crime, as the unarmed boy, who was said to have been seeking shelter from the rain, was carrying nothing more than a packet of Skittels at the time of the incident. Adding to this theory, police indicate the shooter may have uttered a racial epithet — “f–king coon” — prior to opening fire on the Florida youth.

The shooter, a Hispanic by the name of George Zimmerman, claims he was acting in self defense and as such, has yet to be arrested. He maintains he was attacked by the teen, but a statement by the deceased’s girlfriend — who was allegedly on the phone with Trayvon at the time of the shooting — suggests it was in fact Zimmerman who assailed Martin.

Although Zimmerman is attempting to shield himself behind a 2005 Florida “Stand Your Ground” law giving citizens the right to defend themselves when threatened, it is clear this was not a case of meeting force with equal force.

According to reports, public records reveal that in 2005 Zimmerman was arrested in Orange County for resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer. Residents of the Sanford gated community also allege the shooter had been overly-aggressive during his watch-shifts in the past.

It is possible then that Zimmerman may simply be a deeply disturbed, paranoid individual with a propensity for violence towards just about anyone.

In any case, few if any believe Zimmerman should not be arrested.

Even Stand Your Ground’s sponsors are calling for his arrest and do not believe the gunman deserves immunity under their law.

Read more here.