Activist Rod Webber faces charges after scuffle outside court

Activist Rod Webber faces charges after scuffle outside court

An activist known for posting videos of his confrontations with white supremacists is facing charges after a pair of confrontations outside a Boston courthouse on Monday. Rod Webber was at the court in West Roxbury to face members of the Nationalist Social Club, which is classified as a neo-Nazi group by the Anti-Defamation League. The founder of that group, Chris Hood, was in court to face a charge stemming from a protest in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston during an LGBTQ event over the weekend. Hood faced one charge of affray, which is defined as an instance of fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace. Prior to Hood’s hearing, he and Webber came face-to-face outside the courthouse. Video shows Webber falling to the ground as Hood and members of the group walk past. Webber said he was attacked. Moments later, Webber followed members of the group to the entrance where he encountered police officers. “I got kicked and as I went back to the steps here again I got pushed down by the police who then charged me,” said Webber. Video showed Webber rolling down the stairs before rising and confronting officers outside the building’s front door. That’s when he was taken into custody by the officers. He faces charges of assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct. “(It’s) an unfortunate event when an individual comes here to monitor and document hate and finds themselves arrested,” said Murat Erkan, Webber’s attorney. Webber is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 19.

An activist known for posting videos of his confrontations with white supremacists is facing charges after a pair of confrontations outside a Boston courthouse on Monday.

Rod Webber was at the court in West Roxbury to face members of the Nationalist Social Club, which is classified as a neo-Nazi group by the Anti-Defamation League.

The founder of that group, Chris Hood, was in court to face a charge stemming from a protest in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston during an LGBTQ event over the weekend. Hood faced one charge of affray, which is defined as an instance of fighting in a public place that disturbs the peace.

Prior to Hood’s hearing, he and Webber came face-to-face outside the courthouse. Video shows Webber falling to the ground as Hood and members of the group walk past.

Webber said he was attacked.

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Moments later, Webber followed members of the group to the entrance where he encountered police officers.

“I got kicked and as I went back to the steps here again I got pushed down by the police who then charged me,” said Webber.

Video showed Webber rolling down the stairs before rising and confronting officers outside the building’s front door. That’s when he was taken into custody by the officers.

He faces charges of assault and battery on a police officer and disorderly conduct.

“(It’s) an unfortunate event when an individual comes here to monitor and document hate and finds themselves arrested,” said Murat Erkan, Webber’s attorney.

Webber is scheduled to return to court on Sept. 19.

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