Now we have official confirmation from NSM Commander Jeff Schoep, who published an official statement as a comment to my previous post. Davenport's resignation from the NSM was accepted almost two months before Davenport's arrest. Because Schoep's statement is worthy of its own post, I present it below, exactly as previously written:
DISASSOCIATION WITH FORMER NEVADA MEMBER
Commander Jeff Schoep (pronounced “SCOOP”) of the National Socialist Movement (NSM – nsm88.org) recently expressed dismay at the alleged criminal acts of former member, Josh Davenport, a past member of NSM’s Nevada Unit.
According to Commander Schoep, because of Davenport’s "lack of mutual 'fit,'" Josh resigned NSM on June 13, 2012. This was initially accepted with regret by all.” However, because of further interpersonal issues coming under increasing scrutiny, Davenport’s resignation became considered for administrative dismissal even before his resignation was fully accepted. According to Captain Schneider, NSM Region 1 Director, “Davenport’s dismissal was almost simultaneous to his resignation.” Schneider adds that, "Our organization only endorses actions that are pro-White and pro-legal. It is regrettable that Mr. Davenport seems to have acted otherwise.”
Harry Hughes, NSM Region 11 Director also expressed his regret. “I am greatly disappointed that someone with such potential chose to make the decisions he supposedly did.”
The National Socialist Movement in accordance with U.S. law believes that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and we remain without further comment on the matter until it is proven or disproven in a court of law.
The National Socialist Movement is the largest pro-White civil rights organization in America. It has chapters across America, and affiliates around the world.
This is a well-crafted statement which cuts straight to the chase, does not reveal any more background than necessary, and shows respect for the judicial presumption of innocence. Including reaction from those who were in Davenport's NSM chain of command was also smart. My only suggestion is that when these stories pop up in the future, Schoep posts statements like this on the NSM website first, preferably under the heading of "Press Releases", as other political organizations do. That way, media organizations who visit the NSM website will find the official reaction waiting for them -- and will have less cause to get their facts wrong. This is the second time the ADL got one of their facts wrong during the past two weeks; they mistakenly labeled Hatebreed a white power band, and found it necessary to issue a retraction and an apology.
By giving Jeff Schoep's response equal prominence with the original post, I trust this reassures any NSM comrades who might have been concerned that this blog was becoming an "ANP proxy blog". Regardless of what one thinks about the drama sometimes associated with the NSM, the fact remains that many of their comrades expose themselves publicly under their own names, sometimes facing physical violence. This character trait is worthy of respect even if one prefers different tactics. There is a reason why the NSM became the largest White racialist organization in the United States.