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New England Neo-Nazi Leader Hit with Civil Rights Complaint over White Supremacist Banner and Brawl

New Hampshire authorities have filed a civil complaint against the leader of the neo-Nazi group NSC-131, Christopher R. Hood Jr, from Pepperell, Mass. who is also facing criminal charges in Boston for allegedly brawling with a counter-protester outside a drag queen story hour last summer and for hanging a racist banner on public property.

The Jewish advocacy group fighting antisemitism – StopAntisemitism – named Chris Hood their ‘Antisemite of the Week’ in May of 2022.

The New Hampshire attorney general’s office said prosecutors and police in Portsmouth, N.H., have launched civil “enforcement actions” against Hood, the group itself, and a man named Leo Anthony Cullinan for hanging banners that read “Keep New England White” from a Route 1 overpass in Portsmouth last July.

“Both Mr. Hood and Mr. Cullinan conspired to violate the Civil Rights Act by agreeing, in conjunction with other NSC-131 members, to travel to Portsmouth, New Hampshire and unlawfully trespass upon public property,” prosecutors said in a statement. “The complaints alleges that Mr. Hood, Mr. Cullinan, and NSC-131′s actions were motivated by race.”

StopAntisemitism, the Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center have classified Hood’s group as a neo-Nazi organization. The group claimed on social media to have disrupted a drag queen story hour in Taunton on Saturday, though law enforcement has not independently confirmed their participation.

ARRESTED – May 15th ‘Antisemite of the Week’ Christopher Hood

Hood was arrested & charged with 1 count of affray (fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace) after he and his fellow neo-Nazis interrupted a trans event in Jamaica Plain last Saturday. https://t.co/20OxOf1xVe pic.twitter.com/XQ2kQHGLaQ— StopAntisemitism (@StopAntisemites) July 26, 2022

Hood made headlines last summer in Boston when he led a demonstration of roughly a dozen masked men outside the Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain, where families gathered for the story hour event, police said.

The demonstrators chanted “NSC-131″ and yelled antipedophile slogans until the event ended, according to police reports and a witness.

Most of the group dispersed but several members began “trading insults” with a group of counter-protesters who had gathered on the opposite side of the street, police said. As both groups moved down the road, screaming threats and profanities at each other, Hood and a 27-year old counter-protester began to fight, falling to the ground and drawing several members of each group into the fray until police broke up the skirmish.

Hood was arraigned in July in West Roxbury Municipal Court on a charge of affray in connection with the alleged scuffle. He pleaded not guilty and was released at the time on personal recognizance. That case remains pending, with the next hearing slated for Feb. 16, records show.

More recently, NSC-131 also took credit after masked men disrupted a drag story hour at the Taunton Public Library on Saturday.

Source: https://www.bostonglobe.com/2023/01/17/metro/leader-hate-group-charged-with-civil-rights-violations-hanging-racist-banner-over-highway-new-hampshire/