MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 26-year-old Texas man and self-described “Boogaloo Bois” member is accused of touring to Minneapolis and firing an AK-47-style weapon into Minneapolis Police Division’s third Precinct throughout the Could 28 unrest.
On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced that Ivan Harrison Hunter of Boerne, Texas, is going through a federal cost of collaborating in a riot. He was arrested in San Antonio, Texas on Wednesday.
In keeping with the prison grievance, Hunter traveled from Texas to Minneapolis with the intent to take part in a riot. Video taken on the evening of Could 28 exhibits an individual, later recognized as Hunter, discharging 13 rounds from an AK-47-style semi automated rifle into the third Precinct constructing.
The constructing was set on hearth and looted throughout unrest sparked by George Floyd’s demise. On the time of the taking pictures, there have been looters believed to nonetheless be contained in the constructing.
In keeping with the grievance, investigators say after firing 13 rounds into the third Precinct, Hunter is seen giving one other individual a “high-five” and yelling, “Justice for Floyd!”
Hunter is a self-described member of the Boogaloo Bois. FBI initiated an investigation into members of the group primarily based on info that members had been discussing committing crimes of violence and sustaining an armed presence on the streets of Minneapolis throughout the unrest.
“The Boogaloo Bois are a loosely-connected group of people who espouse violent anti- authorities sentiments. The time period ‘Boogaloo’ itself references an impending second civil warfare in the US and is related to violent uprisings in opposition to the federal government,” the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned.
Following the Could 28 incident, Hunter drove again to Texas the subsequent day and allegedly posted on social media describing his involvement, together with “protesters shoot again.”
Then, on June 3, Hunter was pulled over by police in Austin, Texas for visitors violations and officers found quite a few semi automated rifles and two loaded pistols, together with marijuana, based on the grievance.
A number of days later, federal brokers found Hunter’s on-line affiliation with Boogaloo Bois member Steven Carrillo. Carrillo has been charged in California with the Could 29 homicide of a federal officer, the grievance mentioned.
Lisa Waldner is an knowledgeable on home militia teams just like the Boogaloo Bois. She explains the motivation of this group.
“These people are thought of proper wing extremists, they’re not concerned with social justice.They’re very opportunistic,” mentioned Waldner. “Social media has made it very straightforward for individuals who don’t know one another to seek out one another and meet up.”
Rachel Bean, a Minneapolis activist who was there the evening the precinct burned, says exterior agitators blur the message of these combating again in opposition to years of oppression via protest and rioting.
“I simply need these people who’re within the streets, who’ve been within the streets for years persevering with to remain within the streets, I need these people be the main target of the story, not these flashy expenses,” Bean mentioned. “How do armed white males with weapons find yourself at a police precinct in the event you don’t have already got a major rebellion occurring?”
This case is the results of an investigation performed by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Process Pressure, with help from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
“This case falls throughout the purview of the Legal professional Common’s Process Pressure to Fight Violent Anti- Authorities Extremism. Launched in June 2020, the Process Pressure is devoted to supporting the investigation and prosecution of any individual or group who commits violence within the title of an anti-government ideology,” the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace mentioned.
Hunter made his preliminary courtroom look Thursday in San Antonio, Texas.