Police charged four suspected members of the racist Berdoo Skinheads with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing an African-American man at a Claremont shopping center in California. It is believed that the men were passing through the area while traveling to a neo-Nazi rally at the Federal Building in Westwood when the incident occurred.
According to police, the suspects were among a large group of white men who attacked two African-American men on the evening of December 8. One victim had to be airlifted to a hospital because of multiple stab wounds, but he has since been released.
Chad Timothy Milson, 20, of Yucca Valley; Anthony Scott Allen, 23, of Big Bear City; Ryan Christopher White, 28, of Joshua Tree; and Joseph Dale McCool, 20, of Yucca Valley were arrested at the rally the next day after UCLA police spotted the suspects' vehicle in a university garage. A witness to the attack was brought to the rally to identify the suspects.
On December 12 the men were charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon as hate crimes. The hate crime charge would attach several years to the sentences if convicted. The suspects are each being held on $1million bail.
The rally was part of "Martyr's Day," a term used by white supremacists to describe the anniversary of the death of Robert Mathews, the founder of the 1980s white supremacist terrorist group called The Order (also known as Bruder Schweigen and The Silent Brotherhood). Mathews was killed in a gun battle with the FBI on Whidbey Island, Washington, in 1984. Members of The Order committed a number of violent acts, including murders, the bombing of a synagogue, and armed robberies. Most surviving members of the group are still serving lengthy prison sentences and are considered "political prisoners" or "prisoners of war" by white supremacists.
The Westwood rally, organized by David Lynch, leader of the American Front, a racist skinhead group, was supposed to be part of a "Free the Order" global demonstration. While it brought together about a hundred white supremacists from all over California, the other anticipated demonstrations did not materialize.