A Civil Rights lawsuit is filed by Massachusetts attorney general against a white nationalist group. A lawsuit has been filed by the attorney general of Massachusetts, alleging that a white nationalist group has committed civil rights violations.
The lawsuit claims that
A Civil Rights lawsuit is filed by Massachusetts attorney general against white nationalist group.“the group has engaged in ongoing acts of intimidation and harassment toward LGBTQ+ events and facilities providing refuge to migrant families.”
On Thursday, a complaint was lodged against NSC-131 and its two leaders, Christopher Hood from Newburyport and Liam McNeil from Waltham.
The complaint alleges that “the group perpetrated violent, threatening, and intimidating acts that infringe upon state civil rights laws and disrupted public safety in an unlawful manner.”
Attorney General Andrea Campbell declared in a statement that NSC-131 has initiated a systematic effort to intimidate and instill fear among the residents of Massachusetts while infringing upon their rights.
Presenting our complaint serves as the initial measure towards ensuring that this neo-Nazi organization and its leaders face legal consequences for their illicit activities against our community members.
The complaint alleges that the group engaged in a series of targeted actions against drag story hours and migrant shelters in multiple locations across the state.
From July 2022 to January 2023, they made repeated attempts to disrupt the events and harm individuals attending them. Additionally, between October 2022 and October 2023, they specifically targeted migrant shelters.
Attempts to reach Hood or McNeil for comment on the lawsuit, as well as their legal representation, were unsuccessful, according to the Associated Press.
Hood’s listed phone number was disconnected, and no contact information could be found for McNeil. The group did not promptly respond to messages sent via Gab and Telegram.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, NSC-131 is a neo-Nazi organization established in 2019 and situated in New England. It promotes discriminatory beliefs such as racism, antisemitism, and intolerance.
The group is composed of individuals with affiliations to other white supremacist factions, including neo-Nazis and racist skinheads.
In July, the group displayed “Keep New England White” banners from an overpass in New Hampshire without a permit. However, the trespassing complaints against the group were dismissed by a judge earlier this year.
During the St. Patrick’s Day parade in South Boston, held in March 2022, a group of approximately twelve members from NSC-131 attended the event in masks, positioning themselves as spectators.
They displayed a banner proclaiming “Keep Boston Irish.” The appearance of this group was met with strong disapproval from both the parade organizers and Mayor Michelle Wu.