ORLANDO, Florida. – Members of a neo-Nazi group that staged weekend protests in Orlando displayed signs saying they belonged to the National Socialist Movement, or NSM, a Kissimmee-based organization that has been designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The NSM, which calls itself “America’s premier white civil rights organization,” believes in “defending the rights of white Europeans” and “promoting the racial separation of white people,” according to the NSM’s website. group.
While the organization says its membership has grown in recent years, the Anti-Defamation League estimates that NSM’s numbers have declined, with the number of core members falling to a dozen or two.
The band’s frontman, Burt Colucci, is from Lakeland, records show.
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Police in Chandler, Ariz., arrested Colucci in April after he allegedly threatened a group of black men with a gun outside a hotel.
“I am the leader of the largest neo-Nazi organization in America,” Colucci can be heard saying in cellphone video captured by a witness. “I’m an (expletive) Nazi and I’m (expletive) proud of it.”
Colucci, 45, admitted showing a gun but denied pointing it at people, video captured by officers’ body-worn cameras showed.
“He went back to the vehicle and it looked like he was going to pull out a gun. I never saw the gun, but I had mine,” Colucci told police. no one No, nothing like that.
After an independent witness allegedly corroborated the victim’s account, the police arrested Colucci. He was later released from jail on $7,500 bond.
An Arizona grand jury indicted Colucci on three counts of disorderly conduct earlier this month, court records show. One of the charges, which involves the careless handling or display of a deadly weapon, is a felony.
After News 6 attempted to contact Colucci at a phone number listed on the NSM website, someone texted an anti-Semitic remark that questioned the accuracy of News 6’s reporting.
“Therefore, I have no further comment,” the text message read.
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