Dangerous White Nationalist Criminal Enterprise in Our Community 

Orange Park, Florida- A recent article published on the European social justice site “Enough is Enough” reveals that beneath the quiet charm of our city lies a growing threat.  A group of Hammerskins that call themselves “Crew 38” have begun organizing in a local business called “Fantasy Tattoo and Piercing”.  The Southern Poverty Law Center characterizes Hammerskins as a highly organized criminal enterprise and Neo-Nazi skinhead group that believe in white supremacy and violence against gays, people of color and anti-racists. 

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The Orange Park Fantasy Tattoo Hammerskins are no different.  Their members, such as Trevor Thompson, are ultra-violent with a history of shooting a Black child in a hate-motivated crime. 

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Thompson was convicted of attempted murder and served his time.  He paid his debt to society, but upon release he has embraced the ideology of white supremacy again and is organizing a new gang of Hammerskins at Fantasy Tattoo to terrorize his local community.  Together, these folks have harassed anti-racist activists online, recruited motorcycle gangs such as the MC Outlaws to come to music shows to intimidate citizens in our community, and congregated more white nationalists into a wolf-pack bent on terrorizing our city and espousing the tenets of racial prejudice. 

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Besides, Thompson, the Fantasy Tattoo Hammerskins include Peter Mitchell Gaughenbaugh, a convicted sex offender listed as a predator by Florida Law Enforcement due to his voracious appetite for child pornography.  The article above includes images of Peter posing in front of Fantasy Tattoo and Piercing with Trevor Thompson.  This is doubly concerning because of the location of Fantasy Tattoo, which is directly proximal to student parking, the football field, and within 1000 feet of the primary school.  It is also proximal to Destiny Dance Center, a Christian dance studio where children train in ballet and other forms of dance.  Having sexual predators affiliated with a skinhead crew congregating this close to children, a dance studio, and a school is unseemly at best, and downright dangerous or illegal at worst.

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Another Hammerskin Crew 38 member, and employee of Fantasy Tattoo and Piercing is Chad Zingarelli.  Zingarelli has arrests ranging from aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary of a dwelling while armed, and battery causing bodily harm.  He is still on probation until June of 2018 and is not permitted to associate with other criminals, but he is actively organizing a white nationalist chapter of Hammerskins with Trevor Thompson and Peter Gaughenbaugh. 

Zingarelli is also threatening, doxxing and harassing anti-racist activists online and in person, which has resulted in law enforcement intervention.  These Hammerskins continue to intimidate anti-racist activists as they walk by Fantasy Tattoo and Piercing to enter the local blood bank to donate lifesaving blood products, thereby causing these activists to desist donating blood. 

However, attempts to inform the owner of Fantasy Tattoo, David Johnson, that his business is being used as a place for skinheads to congregate, and plan racist, violent, and threatening activities have not been met with any meaningful response.  There has been no concerted effort to stop these Hammerskins from disrupting the anti-racist blood donors. 

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We are asking the community at large, to recognize the threat that these folks pose and the disruption they exert on community businesses such as the blood bank.  Allowing white nationalist groups, specifically violent groups like the Hammerskin Crew 38 to recruit, organize, and plan actions has resulted in the death of anti-racist activists such as Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, VA. 

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We respectfully request that the community of Orange Park, Florida take a stand against the Hammerskin Crew 38 and obfuscate their efforts to promote their racially prejudiced platform. 

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Do not support Fantasy Tattoo and Piercing, a business that allows skinheads to threaten and intimidate folks. If you are a restaurant owner/manager, do not allow these racists to use your venue for meetings, or gatherings to plan and promote their violent acts.  If you are a community leader, clergy, city council member, we implore you to step in and stop these Hammerskins from organizing by any means at your disposal. 

Do not tolerate them intimidating anti-racist activists and minorities in our beautiful town. 

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