A group of white supremacists in Niagara Falls, New York earlier this year viciously beat a local college student after he brought his black girlfriend with him into their bar.
The Niagara Gazette reports that police this month arrested Daemon M. Kraft for his role in an attack on a 21-year-old male victim at the Rust Bar in Niagara Falls.
Witnesses who were outside the bar say they saw several men exiting the building while dragging out the victim, whom they proceeded to beat.
"They dragged the (victim) outside of the bar," one witness told the Niagara Gazette. "They held the kid’s arms back while about three of them basically pounded his face in."
The witness said that he believes the beating happened primarily because the victim was hanging out at the bar with his black girlfriend.
"That is the reason that we believe (the victim) got assaulted, because he brought his girlfriend, who is African-American, into the bar," the witness said.
The Gazette notes that the Rust Bar is operated by a woman named Marie T. Basile, whose husband, Todd A. Biro, has longstanding ties to white supremacist organizations.
"Publicly available media suggest Biro’s affiliations with white supremacy ideals, supporters and groups," the paper writes. "In a YouTube video posted under the username 'Melissa Lacy' titled 'Biro Wedding (1),' Biro is depicted with a group of other Caucasian men looking directly into the camera as they chant 'white power' and give a Nazi salute. Later, the video shows Biro handing Basile a telephone, saying that on the other line was an associate in prison who was going to “get off the phone and kill a (racial epithet for African-Americans)."