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Neo-Nazi Leader Arrested in Altercation Outside Boston Drag Queen Hour

Wednesday July 27, 2022
Originally published on July 26, 2022

Chris Hood
Chris Hood  (Source:WCVB video)

A leader of a neo-Nazi group was arrested on Saturday, July 23, by Boston Police following a demonstration by the group in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, reports news outlet WGBH.

"The protest by the National Socialist Club, or NSC-131, took place outside the historic Loring Greenough House where residents had gathered for a children's drag queen story hour, an event in which individuals in drag read to children. The white supremacist demonstrators shouted anti-LGBTQ slogans and taunted counter-demonstrators who had gathered across the street amid a heavy police presence."

Chris Hood, leader of the neo-Nazi group NSC-131, was charged with disturbing the peace and was transported, handcuffed, to the West Roxbury precinct. Two other individuals, identified as anti-fascists, were also arrested. Reports of injuries during the protest and counter protest were not confirmed by GBH News.

On Tuesday morning, the 23-year-old Hood was arraigned in a Boston court and released "but Judge Kathleen M. Coffey warned him that additional arrests could land him in jail. Hood has previously been arrested twice in Boston, although in both cases the charges were dismissed," reported the Boston Globe.

"Hood, who lives in Pepperell, led a demonstration of roughly a dozen masked men outside the Loring Greenough House, where families gathered Saturday morning for the children's story hour, police said. The Anti-Defamation League and Southern Poverty Law Center have classified Hood's group, the Nationalist Social Club 131 or NSC-131, as a neo-Nazi organization."

The group shouted "NSC-131" and yelled anti-pedophile slogans during and immediately after the event, according to witnesses and police reports. But after the Neo-Nazis and the counter-protestors confronted each other, with Hood and a 27-year-old demonstrator getting into a physical altercation. Several others joined the fray until the police broke it up, according to the Boston Globe. On Monday, the charges against the two counter-protestors were dropped.

The counter-protestors expressed their outrage at the neo-Nazis. WGBH reports a woman named Nicole, who declined to give her surname for fear of a backlash, said: "We're out here making sure that people hear us." Another counter-protester, Courtney Ignace, noted the stepped-up street activity by right-wing extremists in the region. "Yeah. I mean, I guess they're getting more organized, so we have to organize against them."

On Saturday, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu's office said the Police Department's civil rights unit is investigating NSC-131's demonstration as a possible "targeting of the LGBTQ community."

"It's no coincidence that these cowardly groups from outside our city continue to target Boston as we showcase how representative leadership, empowered communities, and bold policies can have immediate impact," she wrote in a statement.

This is the second time in weeks that right-wing groups took were seen in Boston neighborhoods. "The far-right group Patriot Front rallied here on the 4th of July weekend," WGBH added. "Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden noted in a statement that 'the presence of white supremacists at a Jamaica Plain book reading today, like their downtown Boston march earlier this month, is at once a disgrace and a warning.' "