PORTSMOUTH — The New Hampshire Department of Justice Civil Rights Unit announced today that it has initiated an enforcement action against the National Social Club-131, Christopher Hood, and Leo Anthony Cullinan for violating the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act and conspiring to violate the New Hampshire Civil Rights Act.
The civil complaints allege that on July 30, 2022, Hood led a group of NSC-131 members, including Cullinan, did trespass upon public property by hanging banners that read “Keep New England White” from an overpass overlooking United States Route 1 in Portsmouth.
The complaints allege that both Hood and Cullinan conspired to violate the Civil Rights Act by agreeing, in conjunction with other NSC-131 members, to travel to Portsmouth and unlawfully trespass upon public property.
The complaints allege that at least ten members of NSC-131 participated in the Civil Rights Act violation and therefore NSC-131, as an unincorporated association, can be liable for violating the Civil Rights Act.
Each violation of the Civil Rights Act allows for a maximum civil penalty of $5,000.
The civil complaint against NSC-131, an unincorporated association with members in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and other New England states, alleges that at least ten members of NSC-131 participated in the Civil Rights Act violation and therefore NSC-131, as an unincorporated association, can be liable for violating the Civil Rights Act.
The court has the authority to restrain the defendant from committing future violations of the Civil Rights Act and other hate-motivated conduct for three years.