By Laura Crimaldi Globe Staff,Updated July 28, 2023, 5:43 a.m.
4:51 Body worn-camera footage shows State Police stop of U-Haul from Patriot Front demonstration in Boston. (Video courtesy of Massachusetts State Police)
Last July, State Police tracked a U-Haul box truck from a gathering of the white nationalist group Patriot Frontin downtown Bostonto a stretch of highway in Stoneham. When troopers stopped the rental vehicle, they encountered three men hauling the trailer filled with metal and plexiglass shields, poles, and Patriot Front flags.
Earlier that day, July 2, about 100 Patriot Front members had made their mark in Boston, parading by historic landmarks in a procession that culminated near Back Bay Station, where masked marchers with shields surrounded Charles Murrell III, a Black musician and activist, who said he was attacked.