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White Supremacist ‘GDL’ Group Target Michigan Neighborhood

Antisemitic flyers were found in a Brownstone neighborhood in Michigan. Police Chief Jeff Watson said sometime after 11 pm, antisemitic materials were found in plastic baggies across neighboring lawns.

NGO StopAntisemitism has identified the group responsible for littering the area with antisemitic propaganda as the white supremacist group, the Goyim Defense League (GDL). The GDL is led by neo-nazi Jon Minadeo II. Minadeo has made headlines recently with their ongoing antisemitic attacks throughout the Florida area.

Information and evidence have been forwarded to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office to review possible charges.

Watson said this remains an ongoing investigation to determine if anyone else is involved.

In Deputy Police Chief Andrew Starzec’s opinion, the incident falls in line with a hate crime but said that decision is for the prosecutor’s office to make.

In Michigan, a hate crime law that makes it a felony to harm, or threaten to harm, a person, or the property of a person, “with the specific intent to intimidate or harass” that person “because of that person’s race, color, religion, gender, or national origin.”

The crime is punishable by up to two years in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines.

This marks the second time this year antisemitic literature has been distributed in the township. It also occurred back on Jan. 9. This time around; there were about 60 baggies filled with antisemitic material tossed on properties.

Police said some residents called police when they discovered them.

Others trashed the material. “A resident was out walking his dog, and he picked up a bunch of them, too,” Starzec said. He said residents are working to clean this up on their own.

Source: https://www.thenewsherald.com/2023/02/23/brownstown-police-dealing-with-possible-hate-crime-and-spread-of-anti-semitic-material/