Identifying the Members: Unveiling a Neo-Nazi Group Spreading Hate in North Texas

Identifying the Members: Unveiling a Neo-Nazi Group Spreading Hate in North Texas

Police in North Texas have been dealing with a series of incidents involving neo-Nazi demonstrators. These incidents include the distribution of anti-Semitic flyers, confrontations at public events, and even a case of a member using a fake name to speak before the Fort Worth City Council. While the number of participants in these events seems to be small, they have been using social media to amplify their efforts. One individual has already been cited by the police.

In August, four people were given trespassing warnings by the Fort Worth police for handing out flyers outside of Dickies Arena. Private security had already asked them to leave, which prompted the police warnings. The individuals involved are David Bloyed, Jeremy Fuller, Matteo Sheffield, and Barry Young. These individuals have been connected to numerous anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi incidents across North Texas through their social media posts.

David Bloyed, in particular, has had multiple encounters with law enforcement, including one incident where he was cited for a misdemeanor. In early November, Bloyed used a racial slur in a social media post referring to a Black police officer. While two recent police interactions have occurred, cities across North Texas have witnessed incidents involving flyering or demonstrations by individuals or groups with Nazi affiliations.

Bloyed denies that his actions have been offensive or harmful, claiming that he has not been physically combative during any of the demonstrations. However, Jeff Tischauser from the Southern Poverty Law Center argues that physical aggression is not the only form of harm, emphasizing the psychological trauma caused by the distribution of anti-Semitic materials.

The Star-Telegram attempted to reach the other three individuals who were given trespassing warnings but did not receive any responses. There have been several incidents across North Texas, including flyering in Mineral Wells and Allen and a group dressed in Nazi regalia causing disturbances at a gun show in Fort Worth. The @Babyfaced user on social media, believed to be Barry Young, posted videos and photos of these incidents.

In October, a group dressed in Nazi regalia visited a Torchy’s Tacos in Fort Worth, leading to a viral TikTok video. They also placed around 200 anti-Semitic flyers on vehicles at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The @Babyfaced user posted photos of people doing Nazi salutes outside the Will Rogers Memorial Center, claiming an “extremely successful protest and flyer drop.”

In November, a man was handing out flyers with anti-Semitic conspiracy theories at a gun show in Waxahachie. The police asked him to leave, and he later left flyers on parked vehicles in downtown Waxahachie. The man may have violated local ordinances against handouts on vehicles.

David Bloyed seemed particularly focused on Fort Worth, referring to the city as his “enemy.” He criticized the city and police for their response to his demonstrations, which he described as peaceful activism. Bloyed also spoke during a city council meeting under a false name, advocating for freedom of speech and the distribution of political flyers.

These incidents highlight the presence of neo-Nazi demonstrators in North Texas and their use of social media to promote their activities. The police have taken action in some cases, but the small number of participants and their transient nature make it challenging to address the issue effectively.