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Sanford (FL) Police deny any indication of neo-Nazis patrolling

Sanford (FL) Police deny any indication of neo-Nazis patrolling

The latest wildfire spreading through the media and blogosphere is that armed neo-Nazis are patrolling Sanford, FL, in anticipation of trouble if George Zimmerman is not charged in the killing of Trayvon Martin.  In what has become a prime example of media malpractice, none of the major publications spreading the rumors bothered to check with local law enforcement.  I did, and the Sanford Police deny any indication of neo-Nazi patrols.

It all started with this blog post in The Miami New Times, Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford, Say They Are “Prepared” For Post-Trayvon Martin Violence:

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….

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.

The blog post quotes someone from a supposed neo-Nazi group in Detroit, and contains photos of armed patrols not in Sanford, but in Arizona.  The author of the blog post provides no confirmation that such patrols actually are taking place.

The blog post already has generated over 1100 comments, and was picked up with reckless abandon by the usual suspects, including Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs:

You know all that rhetoric about “race war” that’s showing up at Breitbart.com and many other right wing sites these days? It’s not just rhetoric. There are some people in Sanford, Florida right now who are taking it very seriously indeed

And Pam Spaulding at Firedoglake:

And the right wing said it wasn’t about race (on their side), didn’t they? Neo-Nazis have never been affiliated with the left; they’ve always been on the fringe anarchist/chaos/gov’t overthrow wing of the GOP, because there’s no way these white supremacists would vote Dem. After all, that party is polluted with black, brown…you know, the Mud People….

I thought the police department was there to protect all of Sanford’s citizens (when it’s not torpedoing its own bad police work/f’ing up cases involving black folks as victims), but as there’s nothing like having this paramilitary crowd with strong views on race stepping in to do the job. You know, like the KKK, it’s not intimidating at all.

A writer at Mediaite joined in [note:  Mediaite has updated its post with a link here, and also has published a separate post on the Sanford denial]:

And just so we’re clear, the Neo-Nazis have no official position on the Martin case, because remember, George Zimmerman isn’t even white. But the Neo-Nazi commander is trying to assure everyone that they are trying to protect everyone, because “if something were to touch off a race riot, we’d already be in the area.”

Well said! Because whenever there’s a race riot, my first question is always, “Where are the armed racists when you need them? They’ll put a stop to all this violence!”

HuffPo and The Daily Beast are helping spread the story.

It even has spread to The NY Daily News [note:  The NYDN story changed tonight. after I contacted the writer, and now acknowledges police denial; the following is from the original story] :

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.

Only Gateway Pundit asked the obvious question:

Is there any evidence that this is actually happening in Sanford?

Did anyone bother to contact the Sanford Police?  I did, and the Sanford Police deny any indication of Neo-Nazi groups patrolling in Sanford.  Here’s the e-mail exchange:

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.”

I can’t say this is the worst example of rumor mongering and irresponsible conduct by bloggers and the mainstream media I have ever seen, but it’s a contender.

For The Daily Beast, Huffington Post, Mediaite, and The Daily News to spread such thinly-sourced claims without verification at a time when racial tensions already are high is irresponsible in the extreme.

Update:  It’s now at Fark, Gawker, The Blaze [now updated with link here] …. And now Drudge has it at the top of the page — I’ve alerted them let’s see if they update with a correction… and The NY Post too.

Update 4-8-2012 7 p.m. – Finally the original blog post which gave rise to an internet craze about neo-Nazis partolling the streets of Sanford now, finally, after millions read the story or heard about it without equivocation, carries this disclaimer:

UPDATE: The Sanford Police Department says that it has no evidence of neo-Nazis in the area. “We have not seen any neo-Nazis on patrol nor have we had any reports of them,” says Sgt. David Morgenstern. He added that there had been no sign of the New Black Panther Party, either.

Drudge has not updated, and still has as its top link:

Armed Neo-Nazis Now Patrolling Sanford, FL...

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Great job, Professor, in performing proper journalistic functions on this and any other story you’ve covered.

Your site is one of a handful of sites I trust in critically analyzing stories.

txantimedia | April 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

This is what one expects from partisanship. It’s not like the right hasn’t suffered from the same problem when the meme fits with their ideology. The difference is that the lamestream media goes along with this, because they are leftists as well. “Everybody knows” that the right is racist, so anything that supports that meme will be broadcast to the stars.

    hunter in reply to txantimedia. | April 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    “Everybody knows” that the right is racist, because you so quickly and reflexively jump on the “shooter is justified for shooting that black kid” bandwagon.

    And Rick Santorum said he doesn’t want to “just give money” to “blah” (‘black’) people.

    And Newt Gingrich says he wants to teach black people that jobs are better than food stamps.

    And while Romney has been programmed not to say anything about race at all, he’s a prominent member of a church that wouldn’t allow black people to be priests until 1978.

    Yep, can’t imagine why anybody would think the right is racist.

    Q: Where did all those dixiecrats go after they left the Democratic party?
    A: They joined the Republican party.

    Q: Did the Republican party say they weren’t welcome?
    A: No! The GOP welcomed all the racists with open arms.

    So there ya go.

      PBruce in reply to hunter. | April 7, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Robert KKKlucking Byrd, you phallo-flaccid liberal moron. My guess is that none of the current GOP presidential candidates has ever kept sheets in the trunk of his car.

      Hey, guess what? Teaching people that jobs are better than food stamps is actually not a bad thing, expecially if they’re chronically dependent on food stamps. And my guess is that Romney’s church gives lot more money than yours to charity programs that aid blacks.

      Nice try. Not.

      I guess you forgot what the Right did to one of its own on the question. Pat Buchanan.

      J. W. in reply to hunter. | April 7, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Were you wanting to make txantimedia’s point for him? Because that’s precisely what you’re doing.

      Q: Where did all those dixiecrats go after they left the Democratic party?
      A: They joined the Republican party

      All of them? Really? Like George Wallace? He never joined the GOP.

      Likewise Bull Conner, another lifelong Democrat.

      How about KKK Grand Wizard Robert Byrd? Did he ever join the GOP? No?

      What about Al Gore Sr., another notorious Southern racist? Nope – never left the Democratic Party (I hear Democrats once nominated his son to run for President).

      What about Lester Mattox? Again – a life-long Democrat. Same for Russell B. Long, Herman Talmadge, Orval Faubus, James Eastland, and a host of others who never switched to the GOP.

      About the only prominent Dixicrat who became a Republican is Strom Thurmond. After that the list runs into a handful of little-known figures.

      If it is Dixiecrats you seek, you will find far more of them in the Democratic Party. A better question to ask is:

      Q: Did the Democratic Party ever repudiate Dixiecrats or kick them out?
      A: No! Democrats welcomed all the racists with open arms – including Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

      Crawford in reply to hunter. | April 7, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      In 2004, the Democrats allowed a man who had incited multiple fatal race riots to run for president.

      He continues to be a prominent figure for their party to this day.

Lake of Fiery Dog Poop is one of the moonbattery’s prime Lie-0-Trone generators.

You can count on them to tell any lie they think will generate a lot of hate.

Funny, they missed the part about the Neo-Nazi support of OWS.

Well, and that whole socialist part of the Nazi Party’s actual…you know…NAME.

Professor:

As a proud member of the “banned from LGF” club by Charles “don’t call me Chuck” Johnson — I respectfully request that that sad experiment in blogging be allowed to continue to decline without link support from one of the best blogs to ever grace the internet.

Whatever is said over there should never be a concern of ethical bloggers.

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    Well if the Sanford PD says it, it must be true. Because those fine upstanding folks are known for their great police work. *chuckle*

      Ragspierre in reply to hunter. | April 7, 2012 at 8:51 pm

      Besides your assholier-than-thou BS, you got any support for sliming an entire PD for what some individuals have done? It IS an integrated force. You WERE aware of that, right???

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“Did anyone bother to contact the Sanford Police? I did, and the Sanford Police deny any indication of Neo-Nazi groups patrolling in Sanford.”

~goes into garage, paints placard~

THIS IS WHAT JOURNALISM LOOKS LIKE.

    hunter in reply to s_dog. | April 7, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    No it’s not. Journalism would be not believing EITHER the neo-nazis OR the police, and finding out the facts independently or at least from an independent source(s).

    Simply trusting an authority figure’s word on something is NOT what journalism looks like. In fact, it’s the opposite.

      Terri in reply to hunter. | April 7, 2012 at 6:51 pm

      Wow Hunter, you seem awful angry. The Professor has been very fair in reporting about this case, not taking sides, not editing information to show something that is not there.

      I hope it’s not true. The thought of Neo-Nazis in the streets makes me think of history, and I certainly don’t want it repeating itself. It’s actually kind of frightening.

        Since your average Nazi probably wouldn’t think too highly of a little brown guy with a surname like Zimmerman who’s got form for standing up for blacks, it’s probably just as well the poor bloke’s in hiding.

      Crawford in reply to hunter. | April 7, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Yet you accept the word of a Detroit Nazi as true.

      Ragspierre in reply to hunter. | April 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      I’m looking for a conclusion by the Prof. that says, “All is well, no worries in Sanford”, and I’ll be damned if I see one.

      He REPORTED what he learned, idiot. THAT IS GOOD JOURNALISTIC PRACTICE.

      What a moron.

So they are confirming members and their children attending Easter egg hunts. And you don’t see the implications in this?

Eggs come from chickens
Chickens can be fried.
Fried chicken is associated with racial stereotypes.

The whole damn town all the way down to their little children are racists.

I blame the MSM for helping things get out of hand in the first place. You know, CNN with “..he looks black” and others with “White Hispanic”. Plus all the other garbage that has been reported as “news”.

Critically important to pin down the genesis of these type of “stories”.

As in, the initial reports from the Orlando Sentinel about the Martin shooting showed the young man in his gray hoodie-

Which dully disappeared while Sandra Fluck did her thing, and he re-emerged as a baby faced 13 yr. old.

If you don’t stay on top of these things, next thing you know the GOP will have a war on caterpillars…

And the media will cite each other as to how the war began-

Good job, Professor.

Every week or so I have to ask: Is there anyone out there who does not believe we will have racially fomented riots in American streets this summer?

WOW. We don’t even have a media in this country anymore, its all just rumor mills. Did any of these outlets even have the one iota of sense to do what the professor did?

Actually ask the police what they know about all this? NO.
Everyday I question why I ever believed the LSM for all these years. This is why I no longer believe any story on “unnamed sources”, if they say that, I’m going to assume it is the author of the story who is the “unnamed source”.

They needed a story to counter the Black Panthers. They didn’t have one, so they did what any creative journalist without integrity would do, they manufactured it. They treat life as if it were a game and people as objects to be manipulated, presumably for their amusement. It’s telling that their focus remains on the majority of Americans. As if our skin color somehow defines us. It is certainly an influence, but not as their popular narrative portrays it.

    SDN in reply to n.n. | April 7, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    Yeah, n.n., I’ve never heard any “right-winger” refer to “assault weapons” like this article claims; that’s a Bloomberg / Brady formulation from the leftist gun-banners.

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As usual, the left has inverted the truth and by projection put the Nazi label on the other side. The German Reichsmark coin minted during the Nazi era has the inscription “Gemeinnutz geht vor Eigennutz” (“The community comes before the individual”). Think about that for a minute. It is not the “right wingers” who believe as the Nazis did, that individuals have no rights and that “the greater good” is the only standard of value, but it is the socialist leftist who believe in collectivism. Only capitalism, which the left despises, regards man as a sovereign individual with an inalienable right to his own life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The left are the true Nazis.

BTW: after all the race baiting by the leftist MSM with its manipulation and fabrication of facts, this neonazi meme is another just fabrication by the left to encourage a race war.

    hunter in reply to PGI_FL. | April 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    I hear some early Nazi leftists even created a document with some big words at the top…written larger than the rest. “We The People”…I seem to remember.

    Clearly, the collectivism runs deep.

Also, this Schoep Nazi apparently lives in Detroit. That’s quite a story if he decamped to Florida for the Martin Mess. Also he’s on twitter so I sent him teh following tweet.

@nsm88 Are you really patrolling Sanford or did he media make that up?

We will see.

Yeah. Lots of left-wingers fabricating a story out of nothing. Oh, except for this:

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/breaking-news/neo-nazis-patrolling-florida-town-where-trayvon-martin-was-killed/story-e6frf7jx-1226321320825

A HEAVILY armed troop of neo-Nazis are goose-stepping around the Florida town where Trayvon Martin was killed.

Members of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement are patrolling Sanford, proclaiming they are prepared for violence in case of a race riot, its commander Jeff Schoep told the Miami New Times.

“We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over,” he said.

“Whenever there is one of these racially charged events, Al Sharpton goes wherever blacks need him. We do similar things,” he added. “We are a white civil rights organisation.”

He said the patrols will protect “white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety.”

    gasper in reply to Major Derp. | April 7, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    There is no doubt in my mind that this is live, on-the-scene reporting from those dedicated Australian reporters. They always seem to be where the action is. We would know precious little without their input.

      BannedbytheGuardian in reply to gasper. | April 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm

      The Herald Sun is not one of Rupert Murdoch’s papers.

      However when Rupert buys a paper he brings in his team from Australia. Check out the list of managing editors at WSJ. They train here & walk straight into top posts in the USA & Britain.

      Roger Allies is only the frontman for Fox.

      Can’t help that the rest of your media is so pathetic.

      We try to help you – but stupid is stupid.

    The Melbourne Herald Sun is based in Melbourne AUSTRALIA, mate… not Melbourne Florida. What is your point, except that they among many other “news” organisations are more than occasionally guilty of Churnalism (churning wire services stories) when it comes to “reporting” international news?

    Crawford in reply to Major Derp. | April 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Dude, you’re “citing” a repeat of the same story, likely reprinted off wire services.

    YOU’RE MAKING OUR POINT FOR US.

    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Major Derp. | April 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    The HeraldSun runs these from “Newscorp’ service on their internet site. .-there are about 50+ little reports per day.

    Incidentally a few hours earlier they did run the NBC Fires 911 tape firing plus a few hours late the 16 year old Miami girl shot in her bed.

    They don’t claim to be experts -just relaying stuff. When a retraction appears from the source they will run it also.

    BTW Melbourne has had the highest % of Holocaust survivors per population in the world – you can’t fool these people .

    SmokeVanThorn in reply to Major Derp. | April 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Hey, Derp, are you coming back to admit your error?

    Wait – what am I thinking?

    That would require a minimum of intellectual honesty. Never mind.

JimTreacher | April 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm

This has to be the worst media behavior in the Trayvon Martin case in at least the past hour.

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I dunno – there are people fanning the flames of social unrest and I wonder why. This is going to erupt into something uncontainable soon. Oh, how I wish we had a real President…

Thanks professor. Well done.

stevewhitemd | April 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Adding to the chorus, Prof. Jacobson, but excellent work!

Also adding to the chorus, great research work!
Even if Neo-Nazis were patrolling the streets, what would it mean, exactly? Sure, there are some creepy people in this country, but this particular group is not a part of conservative movement. And in any event, who was spreading lies about the Martin shooting and flaming popular passions?

[…] in the Miami New Times about the Neo-Nazis and the armed street patrols in Sanford. According to William Jacobson, Assistant Clinical Professor of Cornell Law School, there is no evidence that the Neo Nazis are in the Florida […]

Would this suffice: I live in Sanford. Been running errands all day. If there are armed bands of neonazis they’d stick out around here. Haven’t seen a thing. Just a nice Saturday, weather is awesome, families out earlier, people dining out now. A great day and a nice place to be.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to caambers. | April 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    and there is nothing I can find in the local papers … just marches for Trayvon. http://www.orlandosentinel.com/

    If they got a quote at all from this Schoep character, it seems they did a lot of editorializing. Either the police or someone with a camera surely would have heard or seen the marauding bands of heavily armed National socialists …

[…] things like this tend to support Derbyshire’s contentions.  And of course, right on cue, the usual suspects generate a rumor about the Neo-Nazis showing up (from Detroit, no less!).  Some conversation! Like this:LikeBe the […]

I can’t say this is the worst example of rumor mongering and irresponsible conduct by bloggers and the mainstream media I have ever seen, but it’s a contender.

Liberal progressivism: Unsafe At Any Speed.

Professor, if the source of the NeoNazi patrols in Sanford, FL are from the Miami Sun Times you can rest assured it most likely is false. The MST is one of those local free tabloids that are “experts” on the local club scene. Run lots of escort/friendship personal ads and are best read when waiting for a bus. The twists in your copies are amusing though. Neo Nazis in Detroit? Well maybe in the suburbs. Kinda like Zionists in Dearborn. Right wing National Socialists? By the way here is a quiz. What eminent personage labeled Hitler’s Nazis right wing?

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    BannedbytheGuardian in reply to Lawyer Mom. | April 7, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    The Daily is quite surprising . They have a very keen eye for American politics .

    The celebrity column is addictive. I have no idea who these people are but it is quite fun.

    The daily are he original working class stalwarts -fearless & irreverent .

    Enjoyable.

“Update: It’s now at Fark, Gawker, The Blaze…. And now Drudge has it at the top of the page — I’ve alerted them let’s see if they update with a correction.”

…they must have gotten the memo; they have bundled their “headline” with two more stories:

“Black residents fearful after shootings in Tulsa”
and
“FBI moves in”

Apparently Drudge welcomes the race-war such irresponsibility “reporting” may bring

blaze added your statement to story but still left title alone.
I guess furls and google hits mater more than the truth.

Just sent a message to Drudge asking him why he’s becoming the MSNBC of the internet.

    sybilll in reply to ClinkinKy. | April 7, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    I sent this to Drudge hours ago. It’s becoming evident that first and foremost, Drudge wants clicks. Ever since he became the Romney cheerleader, I have been very disappointed.

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Drudge hasn’t corrected the headline as of 0743 ct and has coupled the nazi headline with the Tulsa headlines to further fan the flames of a race war. Is this “absence of malice”? Is there no news outlet “left” in America that does not have an agenda?

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Of course, rags, you have links?

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