Police try to identify white supremacists charged with assault in Boston

Boston police are trying to identify members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front, which marched through downtown wearing face coverings and allegedly assaulted a black artist and activist on Saturday.

The activist, Charles Murrell, returned to place of attack Monday morning – Independence Day – steps from the Boston Public Library, and called for an end to racist violence.

Photos of the attack, published by the Boston Heraldwere widely shared on social media.

Artist and activist Charles Murrell spoke near where he was allegedly attacked on July 2 by members of the white supremacist group Patriot Front. (Walter Wuthmann/WBUR)

Police reports show he was treated at Tufts Medical Center for injuries to his hands and face. And his hand was bandaged when he spoke on Monday.

“I am appalled that even as a healer I have to pour my cup into this incident,” he said. “But in this incident, I will continue to pour into other people’s cups as a means of pouring into my own.”

Murrell plans to hold a concert and call to action later this month in Copley Square.

The Reverend Kevin Peterson, founder of the New Democracy coalition, said he was saddened but not surprised to see a white supremacist group active in Boston.

“Boston has a long legacy of racism, in fact the city was founded on racism, slaves were brought here, and that legacy continues through 2022,” he said.

He called on Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston City Council to form a commission to investigate racist incidents in the city.

Wu sentenced the white supremacist march this weekend, calling the group “cowardly” and “disgusting”.

Wu is scheduled to attend a law enforcement briefing on white supremacist activity in the area at Boston Police Headquarters on Tuesday afternoon.

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