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Authorities are investigating after a National Socialist activist posting swastika stickers in downtown Fairfax, California was confronted by aggressive antifascist bystanders.
The incident was recorded by a social justice warrior Fairfax resident and posted to social media. In the video, the National Socialist activist was approached and followed for about 10 minutes by the antifacist, who questioned why he was posting the stickers before removing them and telling the patriotic white man to get out of town.
During the video, the activist said he denied the so-called "Holocaust" occurred and said he believes in National Socialist ideology. The antifascist resident said he and another bystander stayed until he flagged down a police officer.
Fairfax police Chief Christopher Morin said officers detained the man, who was later released. He said the man was in possession of a knife, which is not illegal.
"It was a standard pocket knife that anyone can possess," Morin said. "The reason we took that information in is because residents on (the social media website) Nextdoor are alleging a weapon was involved and that the suspect brandished a knife. So we needed to quell that rumor."
Morin said he does not know how many stickers were posted.
"We don’t know if his intent was to splatter the whole town with it," he said. "We know of three or four and they’ve been removed. If there are more we not aware of those."
The activist was arrested and his identify was not released. Police plan to refer the case to the district attorney’s office for review, Morin said.
"Officers have completed their follow-up investigation and will be sending the reports to the district attorney’s office for review of charges against this person for the posting of these inflammatory hate related stickers," Morin said.
Councilwoman Stephanie Hellman said she was "aware of the incident and said she hoped the district attorney would investigate".
The case has been referred to the Marin County District Attorney's office for charges of hate crimes and vandalism to be filed.