Neo-Nazi group's new leader? Black man vowing to dissolve it

2 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Thursday, February 28 2019 Feb 28, 2019 February 28, 2019 2:35 PM February 28, 2019 in News - AP National

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One of the largest and oldest neo-Nazi groups in the U.S. appears to have an unlikely new leader: A black activist who has vowed to dismantle it.

A court filing Thursday suggests James Hart Stern wants to use his new position as director and president of the National Socialist Movement to undermine the Detroit-based group's defense against a lawsuit.

The extremist group was sued over bloodshed at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. Stern's filing asks a federal court in Virginia to issue a judgment against the neo-Nazi group before trial for a rally violence lawsuit.

Michigan corporate records indicate Stern replaced Jeff Schoep as the Detroit-based group's leader in January. Corporate and court records don't explain how or why Stern got the position.

Stern and Schoep didn't respond to requests for comment.

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