An 18-year-old Stratford, Conn., man is facing multiple charges after he and a group of fellow white supremacists allegedly disrupted a gay rights meeting, police said. The disturbance erupted Wednesday night, when a group of young men calling themselves the White Wolves went to the Stratford Library to protest the gathering of the Bridges Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Organization. Police were called, and Matthew V. Zrallack then allegedly assaulted Det. Frederick Wilcoxson. Zrallack was charged with third-degree assault, breach of peace, and intimidation based on bigotry or bias. He is free on $25,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in superior court in Bridgeport next Thursday.
Police confirmed that Zrallack is a member of the White Wolves. The group is a self-proclaimed "white nationalist skinhead organization" that was started about a month ago, according to the group's Web site. Zrallack denied that he is a white supremacist or knows anything about the group. "I wasn't with any White Wolves or a gang. I was there by myself with a female friend," he told the Stratford Connecticut Post. Zrallack was the center of controversy last year for allegedly giving the Nazi salute in a photo used for the cover of the Stratford High School yearbook, the Post reported. Zrallack said at the time that he had been "doing the wave" with his rigid, outstretched arm.