EPD Investigating White Supremacist Group’s Local Recruiting Efforts

The Eureka Police Department is investigating an apparent militaristic white supremacist group that is recruiting locally, both through social media and fliers posted around the county.

A flier with an image of an assault rifle was found posted in a free library stand in Henderson Center this morning, reading: “White youth! This entire system hates you and wants to see our race dead organize with us and bring an end to it.”

The flier was created by a group named after an apparent reference to the effort to recruit young people to fight for Nazi Germany detailed in the book All Quiet on the Western Front. Another flier reading “It’s okay to be white” and including a bar code that linked to the group’s Instagram page was found on a Eureka street a few weeks back by local photographer Mark McKenna.

“It’s deeply concerning and something we’re looking into,” said EPD Chief Steve Watson, adding that an EPD detective has been assigned to research the group and the department has contacted the FBI and a local terrorism liaison office coordinator. “Obviously, it’s concerning to see anything that looks to be a hate group and it’s more concerning that there’s an assault weapon on there.”

The group’s Twitter account also posted an image this morning of one of the “It’s okay to be white” fliers on a bulletin board next to a poster honoring the memory of David Josiah Lawson, a black 19-year-old Humboldt State University student fatally stabbed in 2017. The post read: “One of our guys placed this card at a little hippie shop in Eureka, California.” There are other local links on the group’s social media platforms, including a video posted July 4 of what appear to be fireworks over Humboldt Bay with the caption: “The collapse will sound like the Fourth of July every day for a while.”

The group’s blogspot website contains a manifesto outlining its ideology, which is militant, anti-establishment, anti-Semitic and overtly racist. It contains references to the nation’s “forefathers” never wanting “America infested by blacks, Latinos and Jews” and notes that America was “never meant to be a melting pot” but a “shining beacon of true Aryan spirit.”

The website Homeland Security Today, a nonprofit media outlet dedicated to reporting on national security and intelligence issues, posted a story about the group…

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