Left: Toledo Police protecting the National Socialist Movement's 35 supporters in Toledo; photo by historymike
Toledo officials released preliminary figures of costs of $300,000 to maintain order at yesterday's white power rally sponsored by the NSM. Police Chief Mike Navarre said that 700 officers from local, state, and federal agencies were deployed in an effort to avoid the violence associated with the October 15 aborted rally.
The cost of that rally - excluding damages to private homes and businesses - was well over $350,000.
Officials in Kingston, NY - the site of a pro-white rally on November 19 - gave a preliminary estimate of $100,000 as the cost of maintaining the peace when Internet podcaster Hal Turner was joined by NSM, Aryan Nations, and other white supremacist groups.
The costs associated with providing protection to neo-Nazis and white supremacists do not go unnoticed by the racist right.
"We'll come back again and again until we bankrupt this city," Turner told onlookers last month. My sources on the ground in Kingston said that Turner seemed giddy about the effect that his rally had on local finances.
"It was clear that he took a perverse delight in sticking the city of Kingston with these expenses," said one observer. "Turner has been bragging about it on his show and to any reporter who will stick a microphone in his face."
Yesterday's Toledo rally cost the city just under $10,000 per neo-Nazi supporter. It is interesting to hear Bill White and Hal Turner complain about welfare payments to minorities when this quasi-military operation yesterday amounted to such a colossal expenditure on behalf of the NSM.
Cities such as Kingston and Toledo face difficult choices when it comes to the arrival of white power rallies. If a city were to eschew police protection for the hatemongers, they would leave themselves open for much costlier lawsuits should violence break out. At the same time, citizens of a given city would much rather see administrators spend limited resources on items like education and protection of local citizens.
Furthermore, the purported reason for gathering used by many white power activists these days revolves around protesting crime (specifically for them, black-on-white crime). Are these groups really helping cash-strapped cities use their resources wisely, or is this just a pretense to get more exposure for their racist ideology?
NSM founder Cliff Herrington spent most of his speech yesterday (at least, those portions that I could hear) discussing his conspiracy views involving the Rothschilds and Bilderbergers. Given the fact that Toledoans could not understand what Herrington was saying due to the inadequate sound system and his Führer-esque screaming, was the $300,000 that city officials coughed up money well spent?