LOS ANGELES (Jan. 24)
A Jewish Defense League member was injured, and another arrested during-a-rock-throwing battle with American Nazis at City Hall where an anti-war rally was staged prior to President Nixon’s inauguration. More than 2000 youths attended the rally Saturday, police said. The incident was triggered when about six American Nazi uniformed “storm-troopers” rode by the demonstration area in a car and were hit with a barrage of rocks and other debris. Hand-to-hand combat resulted when the Nazis confronted about 20 JDL members who were at the rally site, police said.
One of the Nazis, identified by police as Philip Fogarty, 39, of El Monte, local party headquarters, was struck on the shoulder with a rock. He was not injured, but police arrested him later. Fogarty was charged with assault with a deadly weapon after a JDL member, Edwin H. Gayer, 29, of West Los Angeles was smashed in the head with a demonstration placard. Gayer was treated for head lacerations, then released from a local hospital, police said. JDL member Solomon Cohn, 55, of Los Angeles, also was arrested in connection with the stoning of the Nazi-occupied car.