Dallas Morning News March 8, 1990 (23A) Dallas has not deterred all racist skinheads, police say Tracy Everbach Federal Beat Five Dallas-area white supremacist skinheads were convicted last week of civil rights violations. Jubilant federal prosecutors proclaimed a victory that would send a warning to young racists across the nation. After the March 1 verdict, local police -- expecting retaliation for the conviction -- watched for racially motivated skinhead acts of violence. As of Wednesday, none had been reported. But just two days _before_ the verdict was announced, Richardson police arrested seven skinheads on suspicion of threatening to kill an African-American woman and breaking the windshield of her car. "There are still racist skinheads in the Dallas area -- unfortunately," said Detective Truly Holmes of the Dallas Police Department. The detective spent more than a year investingating the Confederate Hammerskins, the neo-Nazi racist group whose leaders were convicted last week. Detective Holmes said that within two weeks of the trial's opening Feb. 20, Dallas police received reports of attacks on interracial couples and minorities. Police arrested several skinheads in connection with the assaults. On Feb. 24 a gang of white youths suspected of being skinheads attacked an African-American man in a downtown parking lot, sending him to a hospital. The 45-year-old man said the incident began about 8 p.m. Seven or eight young men -- all with shaved heads -- approached him in the lot at Cadiz and Ervay streets and accused him of breaking into a truck, the man said. He said that when he denied breaking into the gray Nissan Pathfinder, the youths struck him in the head with a pistol, causing a gash that required stitches. They beat him and "hollered 'nigger' at me," the victim said. In Richardson, a small group of skinheads is suspected of recent acts of violence. Two skinheads were arrested for aggravated assault after they attacked one of their own members, said police Capt. David Golden. The captain said he hopes the federal trial verdict demonstrates that "we, along with society, are not going to accept any kind of violence toward any group." Mark Briskman, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, believes the attack on the Richardson woman last week was the work of a racist skinhead group called Confederate White Vikings. He fears that the Vikings might continue violence that the Hammerskins once wrought in Dallas. Trial testimony revealed that the Hammerskins chased and beat minorities in a park, vandalized a Jewish temple and community center with anti-Semitic graffiti and bullets, and plotted to pump lethal gas into a synagogue. The Anti-Defamation League believes that the Vikings have about 28 members, some of whom are former Hammerskins, Mr. Briskman said. Detective Holmes would not name a group in the recent skinhead violence in Dallas. He said police believe there is an organized group of about 30 racist skinheads in the Dallas area. These days, police are certain to emphasize the term "racist" skinheads, because there are skinhead groups in the Dallas area that do not embrace racism or white supremacy. Non-Racist Skinheads of Dallas and Fort Worth, also known as DSB, is a group of teen-agers of various races who also shave their heads. But they try to combat racism. Members wear American flag patches and Star of David badges bearing the slogan "Never Again" -- a reference to the Nazi Holocaust. Some members of the non-racist skinhead group were in U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders' courtroom when the guilty verdict was read last week, and afterward they congratulated prosecutors. = 30 = Tracy Everbach covers federal courts and federal agencies in Dallas for the Dallas Morning News.
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