- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Organizers of a pro-law enforcement campaign that is tying blue ribbons to trees and posts are working to distance themselves from two supporters who have neo-Nazi ties.

The Sacramento Bee reports (https://bit.ly/2aVfuVk ) that two Sacramento television stations aired stories about the ribbon campaign earlier this week and featured self-described white supremacist Derik Punneo acting as the effort’s spokesman. Some viewers recognized Punneo, who was involved in a June 26 clash between neo-Nazis and counter protesters.

Folsom resident Jamie Lopez, who started the campaign, says Punneo’s involvement is a nasty turn for a sincere effort to support law enforcement. She says the effort became hugely popular and she was happy to have people help. Lopez had said a woman could do an interview, but Punneo, the woman’s boyfriend, appeared instead.

Punneo did not respond to requests for comment.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, https://www.sacbee.com

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