As the nation struggles to comprehend bloody violence in Charlottesville, a former undercover FBI agent says police need to step up their response to domestic extremism.
Michael German sat down with InsideEdition.com to address what can be done to prevent a repeat of the weekend’s bloody confrontation between white supremacists and counter-demonstrators in Virginia, which left one woman dead.
Asked what neo-Nazi groups want, German replied, “They want a white nation.”
Local law enforcement should increase its response to racist groups that stage public demonstrations such as the torch-bearing marchers who descended on Charlottesville chanting Nazi and anti-Semitic slogans.
“That’s what law enforcement should be responsible for,” he said. Any lack of police action is interpreted by these groups as “the police want us to commit this violence, the police are authorizing us to commit this violence, so therefore at the next protest, we will be ready, we will bring more guns, we will starting enforcing our will," he said.
Indeed, some protesters said police were slow to respond over the weekend to violent outbursts by white torch-bearers against those opposing their march.
As an agent in the 1990s, German said he went undercover in the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles riots and the 1995 bombing of an Oklahoma City federal building by Timothy McVeigh.
“What I’ve seen over the last two years has frightened me,” he said. “A presidential candidate, and now a president … openly appealed to these (supremacist) groups by making bigoted statements about a number of different communities – Muslim communities, Latino communities, black communities,” he said.
“The amount of damage that can happen in a protest, and the number of innocent people that can be killed” necessitates a greater response from law enforcement, he said.