|Screenshot of 5 Alliance members; other photos HERE|
-- WWLT has a separate gallery of 20 photos available HERE.
-- WXIX has a separate gallery of 14 photos available HERE.
-- The Cincinnati Enquirer has a separate gallery of 5 photos available HERE.
The National Alliance group was protesting the August 11th mob assault upon Pat Mahaney by six black teenage thugs, and in particular, the refusal by authorities to consider the possibility that it was a hate crime. The six thugs, five of who are identified by name in this previous post, are said to have committed the assault because they were bored.
Meanwhile, judicial proceedings against the six black thugs resumed on Friday. Prosecutor Dotty Smith is asking that all six defendants be taken off house arrest and put in jail. She also wants them to be tried under Ohio's Serious Youthful Offender Statute. In response, an attorney for one of the juveniles filed a motion to exclude media members and cameras from the courtroom because the Cincinnati Enquirer published the names of some of the juveniles earlier this week. The attorney claims those names being released caused the National Alliance to distribute racist flyers throughout North College Hill. Hamilton County Juvenile Court Magistrate David Kelley agreed to lock up two of the teens, Dacquan Cain and Lamont Champion, setting bond at $20,000 each. The teens’ cases are also being presented to a grand jury for indictment – a process normally reserved for adults. The grand jury’s action is expected to be released September 4th.
Perhaps one of the reason for the low turnout by National Alliance members despite ample and timely advance publicity is because the local community has already reacted strongly against the attack. Although police reject the hate crime notion, Police Chief Gary Foust still asserted that residents of North College Hill did not accept this crime as acceptable behavior, and explained that they had charged the six thugs with the highest tier felony possible within the scope of the law with aggravated rioting and felonious assault. Ohio does have an ethnic intimidation law. It has also been reported that public officials are attempting to evict the family of one of the suspects from public housing. So the community is rallying around Pat Mahaney enough that the National Alliance rally didn't generate as much demand as it otherwise would.
Nevertheless, the rally was useful because it showed the National Alliance activists to be no different than ordinary people. There were no uniforms or swastikas which could be used as wedge issues.