National Socialist Movement’s parade permit request denied by police

Tuesday, September 2, 2008 | 9:20 p.m. CDT; updated 10:15 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 6, 2008

COLUMBIA - A request made Aug. 29 for a parade permit by the Missouri chapter of the National Socialist Movement has been denied by the Columbia Police Department, Interim Police Chief Tom Dresner said Tuesday. The group last held a parade and rally in Columbia on March 10, 2007.

Steven Boswell, of the Missouri chapter, requested the permit for Nov. 8, the same day the MU football team plays Kansas State at home. The Police Department ruled that there would not be enough police resources to cover both the rally and the game.

Boswell's application outlined a parade route that would have begun at Watson Place and ended at Boone County Courthouse. It would have taken place on Nov. 8 between noon and 5 p.m., Dresner said.

According to Section 24-103 of the charter for the city of Columbia, the Police Department maintains the right to reject a parade permit application if "the conduct of the parade will require such diversion of so great a number of police officers of the city to properly police the line of movement and the area contiguous thereto as to prevent normal police protection to the city."

Boswell can appeal the rejection of the permit to the city manager within five days, or he can reapply for a different date. Dresner said the likelihood that Boswell will reapply for a permit is "pretty high."

If Boswell does reapply and his permits are approved, police will conduct planning meetings with community leaders, just as they did for the March 2007 parade and rally, Dresner said. The police appreciated the community's response in 2007, he said, and expect the same cooperation if a rally occurs again.


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