- Last Updated: 5:03 PM, April 7, 2012
- Posted: 2:27 PM, April 7, 2012
A heavily armed troop of Neo-Nazis are goose-stepping around the Florida town where Trayvon Martin was killed.
Members of the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement are patrolling Sanford, Florida proclaiming they’re prepared for violence in case of a race riot, its commander Jeff Schoep told the Miami New Times.
“We are not the type of white people who are going to be walked all over.” he said.
“Whenever there is one of these racially charged events, Al Sharpton goes wherever blacks need him. We do similar things. We are a white civil rights organization.”
He said the patrols will protect “white citizens in the area who are concerned for their safety.”
Schoep cited that a group calling itself the New Black Panther Party put up a $10,000 reward for the citizens’ arrest of George Zimmerman, Martin’s shooter.
“But if we called for a bounty on someone’s head, I guarantee we’d be locked up as quick as I could walk out of my house,” he said.
Martin was killed Feb. 26 by Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who claimed he fired in self defense under Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law. He has since gone into hiding.
The neo-Nazi patrols are comprised of 10 and 20 locals and “volunteers” from across the state, including some from Miami.
Schoep said he wasn’t taking sides in the shooting.
“I think there is some confusion going on. A lot of people think that this guy who shot Trayvon was white, but he’s half Hispanic or Cuban or something. He certainly doesn’t look white to me.”
“You can either be prepared or you can be blind-sided. This way, if something were to touch off a race riot, we’d already be in the area.”
A Martin family spokesman blasted vigilantism — from both sides.
"The family has consistently voiced their opposition to anyone on either side of this issue taking the law into their own hands. This is simply about a family's quest to find lawful justice for their son," Ryan Julison told The Post.