I-Team: Hate group identified in Nevada

LAS VEGAS - Hate groups are on the rise, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center which tries to track them.

It's estimated more than 2 million people live in Southern Nevada and with Las Vegas being somewhat of a transient city, many don't know their neighbors.

Now, there's a small group among us identified as hateful.

"We have anti-Semites in Las Vegas," said Jolie Brislin, Anti-Defamation League. "We have racists in Las Vegas."

The Southern Poverty Law Center which tries tracking hate groups is pointing to the followers of the Daily Stormer which features swastikas and praise toward Hitler, sections like "Jewish problem" and "race war," and posts targeting African-Americans.

The neo-Nazi website is run by Andrew Anglin who has made headlines for his hateful message.

"He is definitely anti-Semitic. He is a racist and he propagates anti-Semitic and racist verbiage and language on his website," Brislin said.
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She heads the Nevada chapter of the Anti-Defamation League which monitors and investigates extremist groups and hate crimes and it's been a busy week.

"It's something that shouldn't be tolerated," said Gil Hayon, president, AEPi fraternity.

Police are trying to find out who is responsible for graffiti found near UNLV.

There were also bomb threats at Jewish community centers and schools across the country which turned out to be hoaxes.

And here's what President Donald Trump said in his first joint address to Congress.

"We are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms,"

But it appears hate groups are on the rise.

On the Daily Stormer website, a forum for members in Southern Nevada.

The first post from last August: "Let's set up a meeting."

With more than a dozen communicating.

"We are trying to set up a twice a month meeting..."

In January: "Meet up went well Tuesday...we are always looking for new members, don't be shy and join up now."

"We need to watch and we need to be aware that they, you know are trying to make a presence in Las Vegas," Brislin said.

This week, a new forum to join a "Las Vegas Book Club..." posted by crypto racist. Book club is a code work for a meet up.

"Social media, in general, has really brought it so that hate can really be at the forefront of any conversation and you never need to show your face," Brislin said.

The I-Team reached out to members of the Daily Stormer's Southern Nevada forum to get their side of the story.

The response was an emoji telling us to f#%& off. Another member of the local Daily Stormer forum responded "they don't speak to the press under any circumstances."

 


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