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Violent Member of the ‘Goyim Defense League’ (GDL) Arrested for Criminal Mischief in Florida

Jason Brown

UPDATE September 21, 2023: Two more Neo-Nazi demonstrators who are accused of hanging antisemitic banners over I-4 in Orlando were arrested, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Wednesday. 

Ronald Murray, 41, and Amanda Rains, 36, were arrested along with two others after the group hung antisemitic hate banners along the Darryl Carter Parkway Bridge in Orlando, the FDLE said. StopAntisemitism shared an image of the duo on Twitter; more here.

UPDATE September 18, 2023: A second person accused of displaying antisemitic banners off a bridge in Orlando has been arrested, this time in Alachua County.

Alachua County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Anthony Altick, 36, on a warrant from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. He is accused of violating a law signed this year making it illegal to display or project images onto a building, structure, or property without permission; more here.

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Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) agents, with the assistance of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), arrested Jason Brown, 48, Cape Canaveral, for hanging swastikas and other antisemitic banners along the Daryl Carter Parkway Bridge in Orlando. There are currently three outstanding arrest warrants for additional demonstrators who live out of state and whose actions were in violation of newly enacted state law. Earlier this year, Governor Ron DeSantis signed House Bill 269, which includes provisions that prohibit individuals from displaying or projecting images onto a building, structure, or property without permission.

StopAntisemitism shared the news of Jason Brown with users on Twitter. Brown is an active member of the antisemitic group, the ‘Goyim Defense League.” He is a serial criminal which landed him a spot on the Jewish advocacy’s group, ‘Antisemite of the Week.”

“We want to thank Governor DeSantis for his support of law enforcement and for the signing of HB 269, giving us the tools to arrest this hate-filled radical,” said FDLE Commissioner Mark Glass. “This activity will not be tolerated in the greatest state in the country, Florida.”

“Florida is a law-and-order state. Today’s arrest demonstrates Florida’s commitment to protecting residents from attention-seeking extremists,” said Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles Executive Director Dave Kerner. “On behalf of Colonel Gary L. Howze, II, and the nearly 2,000 FHP State Troopers who enforce our state law 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, thank you Governor DeSantis, for working to rid this state of intimidation, vitriol and hate directed towards people of faith, and for empowering law enforcement to do the same.”

On June 10, the suspects placed banners along a fence without receiving written permission, which is a violation of state law. The banners included swastika flags and racist messages that hung directly over I-4. The arrested suspect claims to be a member of “Order of the Black Sun” an antisemitic, extremist group. 

The suspect will be charged with Criminal Mischief. 

Source: https://www.fdle.state.fl.us/News/2023/FDLE-Announces-the-Arrest-of-Orlando-neo-Nazi-Demo