The FBI has warned local officials of potential violence from the “Boogaloo Boys” and other far-right groups in all 50 state capitals over the next week and a half.
“Armed demonstrations are planned in all 50 state capitals from January 16 to January 20 at least, and at the United States Capitol from January 17 to January 20,” says an FBI bulletin, according to ABC News, who obtained a copy of the memo.
The bulletin reportedly went on to tell authorities that an unnamed armed group has “warned that if Congress attempts to suppress POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur.”
The memo comes just days after a riot on the United States Capitol, in which supporters of the president stormed the building in an attempt to stop the electoral college’s certification of the president-elect’s victory. Joe Biden. Although this effort failed, five people died in the attack. Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick has died after being assaulted with a fire extinguisher by rioters.
Another FBI note obtained by Yahoo News indicates that some members of the Boogaloo movement who are planning rallies on January 17 “have indicated that they are prepared to commit violence to support their ideology, have created contingency plans in the event of violence during the events and identified security measures for law enforcement. and possible countermeasures. “
The Dec. 29 report details threats of violence specifically in the state capitals of Minnesota and Michigan – two states President Trump asked his supporters to “release” in April amid COVID-19 lockdowns on his Twitter account deleted since.
According to this report, Boogaloo supporters in Minnesota “identified the locations of law enforcement snipers and considered breaking into federal buildings for use as shooting locations, if any. fights were happening ”. Another follower considered affixing duct tape to his back to impersonate law enforcement, according to the report. “At least one follower has expressed willingness to die for the Boogaloo movement,” the memo reportedly said.
The Boogaloo is a far-right movement calling for a second civil war to overthrow the government. According to the Anti-Defamation League, their name comes from the 1984 film Breakin ‘2: Electric Boogaloo.
In Michigan, Boogaloo members discussed “using a gasoline-powered device with a trigger wire” to “cause distraction while other people” take over the Capitol building, “says The report.
In October, 13 men were arrested in connection with an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Some of the men arrested in connection with the plot were linked to a local far-right militia, according to NBC News.
Monday, Detroit Free Press reported that the Michigan State Capitol Commission voted to overturn the state’s policy of allowing deferral to the legislature, effective immediately. It is not known if this vote was linked to the FBI reports.
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