Neo-Nazis Clash With Protesters in Arizona Before Leader's Arrest in Video

A video has shown neo-Nazis hurling racist abuse at counter-protesters two days before their leader was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a Black man and threatening to kill him.

The clip, which has been viewed more than 65,000 times, showed members of the National Socialist Movement (NSM) marching around a park in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday. The neo-Nazis were carrying shields and flags with swastikas on them.

In the video, two Black men confronted the group of white supremacists, who shouted slurs at them.

User @davenewworld shared the video on Twitter and wrote: "Neo-Nazis in Arizona shout racist slurs while marching. Their leader was arrested on Monday for aggravated assault."


Neo-Nazis in Arizona shout racist slurs while marching. Their leader was arrested on Monday for aggravated assault.

— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) April 22, 2021

The Nazis had planned to rally at the Arizona Capitol but instead marched nearby after the state's Department of Administration rejected the group's request because it could not provide adequate insurance.

It was reported that just over a dozen NSM members attended the event, and they were outnumbered by the counter-protesters.

The two groups largely stayed away from each other, although some of the white supremacists attempted to move towards the anti-racism demonstrators, according to the Arizona Republic.

On Monday, NSM leader Burt Colucci, 45, was arrested for allegedly aiming a gun at a Black man and threatening to kill him.

According to a police report, Colucci squared off with the man outside a hotel in Chandler, a suburb of Phoenix. He is accused of using racist slurs and putting trash on the car of African Americans.

Colucci then pointed his loaded semi-automatic gun at one of the men and threatened to kill them all, according to witness statements in the police report.

The neo-Nazi leader has claimed, however, that he simply brought his gun into a "low ready" position, according to Reuters.

Colucci was charged with aggravated assault and a Maricopa County superior court judge set his bond at $7,500.

He was permitted to go home to Florida but was told he needed to return to Maricopa by April 25 for a hearing. He faces three years in prison if found guilty.

The Anti-Defamation League said of the NSM: "It only has a few hundred active members and has suffered a decline in membership and activity due to the rise of the alt-right segment of the white supremacist movement, which has robbed it of potential recruits."

The NSM's failed rally is the latest in a number of botched attempts to organize far-right marches across the U.S.

White supremacists and other extremists attempted to co-ordinate a day of rallies earlier this month. None of the events were highly attended, however.

The largest of the "White Lives Matter" rallies appears to have taken place in Huntington Beach, California, but the white supremacists were still vastly outnumbered by more than 200 counter-protesters.

The leader of the NSM was arrested
A National Socialist Movement rally in Newnan, Georgia, on April 21, 2018. The group's leader was arrested in Arizona on Monday. Spencer Platt / Staff/Getty