The American Front has not yet recovered from the March 2011 shooting death of its leader, David Lynch, in his California home. His pregnant girlfriend, who lived there was well, was also shot but survived. The murder is still under investigation.
In recent years, much of the American Front’s activities have been concentrated in Florida, where the group’s presence has been centered in Orlando and nearby towns, such as Cocoa, Winter Park, Satsuma, and St. Cloud. Some of that activity has been criminal, with members being arrested for several different incidents of vandalism of churches and synagogues, and other crimes.
In October 2009, American Front, the Council of Conservative Citizens, and the Bay Area National Anarchists hosted a white supremacist event at a restaurant in San Francisco, California. Canadian Holocaust denier Paul Fromm was invited to speak at the event. That same month, white supremacists allegedly attacked Lynch who sustained serious injuries. The attack may have been spurred by Lynch’s testimony against white supremacist Daniel Lee in a 2004 trial that upheld an earlier murder conviction against Lee.
In September 2009, Richard Stockdale and Christopher Brooks, two Florida American Front members, attended an “Althing” event in Madison County, Missouri. Volksfront and the “American Division” of Blood and Honour, an international racist skinhead group, sponsored the Althing. In April 2009, members of American Front participated in “Patriot Action 09,” a white supremacist event hosted by Volksfront and East Coast White Unity at a venue in Boston, Massachusetts. White supremacists Billy Roper and Paul Fromm, were invited to speak at the event and Lynch was a principle organizer.
In May 2007, American Front members were among the crowd of about 55 people who attended the David Lane Memorial Rally in front of the Los Angeles Federal Building. David Lane, who died that same month in a federal prison in Indiana, was a member of The Order (also known as the Bruder Schweigen or the Silent Brotherhood), a white supremacist terrorist group that carried out armed robberies, murders and other crimes during the 1980s, including the June 1984 assassination of Alan Berg, a Jewish talk radio host, in Denver. The Order also carried out armored car heists that netted millions of dollars, which the group reportedly funneled to various white supremacist organizations. Most of its members are now serving lengthy prison sentences.
In addition to the memorial rally for David Lane, American Front members have staged and participated in numerous events with other skinhead groups. In 2007, David Lynch, American Front’s leader, attended a birthday party for a California-based skinhead. Other attendees included members of the Golden State Skinheads (GSS) and the Confederation of Racialist Working Class Skinheads (CRW), two California-based groups.
In the summer of 2006, Lynch cooperated with the now-defunct neo-Nazi group National Vanguard in holding anti-immigration protests at a Home Depot in Roseville, California. Later that year, in December, he organized a “Free the Order” rally outside a federal building in Los Angeles, in collaboration with racist skinhead groups and other white supremacists.
In March 2005, American Front joined the neo-Nazi group Volksfront and racist skinhead groups, including the Golden State Skins and the Hangtown Bootboys, for an anti-gay protest at the El Dorado County Courthouse in Placerville, California. That same year, along with the Northwestern Hammerskins, another racist skinhead group, Lynch helped lead a vigil on Whidbey Island, Washington, on the 20th anniversary of the death of Robert Mathews. Matthews, who was the leader of The Order, was killed in a shootout with police on Whidbey Island in 1985. Tom Metzger, a notorious white supremacist who once headed White Aryan Resistance and now runs a Website and online publication called “The Insurgent,” also appeared at the event.
American Front has also been somewhat active in the white power music scene. In 2005, several members based in Sacramento even formed a white power band, Stormtroop 16 (the 16 being a reference to American Front with 1 signifying the first letter of the alphabet, A, and 6 signifying the sixth letter, F).