COLUMBIA — The National Socialist Movement will come to Columbia on Nov. 8 "with or without a permit" according to a letter sent from national Commander Jeff Schoep to Interim police Chief Tom Dresner.
On Aug. 29, Dresner denied the request made by the Missouri chapter of the neo-Nazi group for a parade permit. Schoep asked Dresner in the letter to "consider this our appeal to the initial denial of parade permit."
Schoep said attorneys have assured him that Columbia police could not interfere and told Dresner in the letter that the NSM "would prefer you reconsider our reasonable request for a parade permit, however if you are unwilling to work with us on this matter we can proceed without any further contact or cooperation."
Dresner said his reason for denying NSM the permit was because there wouldn't be enough police resources to cover both the rally and the scheduled football game between MU and Kansas State.
"A Football game is not a valid reason to deny us our permit," wrote Schoep in the letter.
The NSM has a good relationship with most police departments, Schoep said, but the group is not afraid to have the courts step in. "If the NSM is forced back into the Courts to challenge a violation of our rights once again, I will free up every last dime we have at our disposal to hire the absolute best Attorney we can find in the State of Missouri to sue the City," Schoep said.
The NSM said it is willing to work with the police and negotiate amendments to the permit.