Rightwing “Boogaloo boy” killed cop — used Black Lives Matter protest as cover

Mugshot of USAF sergeant Steven Carillo

A California man charged with killing a federal officer and a sheriff’s deputy has ties to the far-right “Boogaloo” movement, according to federal authorities.

Air Force Staff Sgt. Steven Carrillo, 32, was charged with killing federal service officer David Patrick Underwood, 53, near a Black Lives Matter protest at an Oakland courthouse on May 29…

A second man, Robert Alvin Justus Jr., was charged with aiding and abetting after he admitted to serving as Carrillo’s getaway driver in the drive-by attack on the officers…Inside the vehicles used by Carrillo, police found a patch linked to the “Boogaloo boys” movement, as well as bomb making equipment, ammo and guns, the FBI said. The movement seeks to use peaceful protests as cover to launch attacks in hopes of sparking a race war.

Not a new tactic for the fascist-minded. Given the right circumstances and a dull-witted investigation, they might just getaway with something like this. After all, we’ve had days of lynching and racist massacres in the past in this land…provoked by nothing more than rumors.

4 thoughts on “Rightwing “Boogaloo boy” killed cop — used Black Lives Matter protest as cover

  1. Sturmabteilung says:

    Soldiers of the boogaloo: David Neiwert on the far right’s plans for a new civil war
    Author of “Alt-America”: What happens this year will be a “key turning point” on the path from democracy to fascism (5/18/20) https://www.salon.com/2020/05/18/soldiers-of-the-boogaloo-david-neiwert-on-the-far-rights-plans-for-a-new-civil-war/
    Boogaloo movement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boogaloo_movement
    “I fear that we have some folks in our law enforcement entities who…have promoted, potentially, the efforts of these militia,” Gov. Lujan Grisham says following a rally in New Mexico where a protester was shot by a militia member. “Why did they allow the militia to be present?” (MSNBC
    June 16 at 6:22 PM) https://www.facebook.com/273864989376427/posts/3843651585731065/?vh=e&d=n

  2. Mike says:

    “Charges: Boogaloo Bois fired on Minneapolis police precinct, shouted ‘Justice for Floyd’
    Feds say Ivan Harrison Hunter helped burn and loot the Third Precinct building as part of a coordinated attack from the far-right group trying to ignite an American civil war.” https://www.startribune.com/charges-boogaloo-bois-fired-on-mpls-precinct-shouted-justice-for-floyd/572843802/
    “A sworn affidavit by the FBI underlying the complaint reveals new details about a far-right anti-government group’s coordinated role in the violence that roiled through civil unrest over Floyd’s death while in police custody.” http://stmedia.startribune.com/documents/Hunter_complaint_affidavit.pdf
    In late May, the FBI initiated an investigation into members of the Boogaloo Bois based on information that members were “discussing committing crimes of violence and were maintaining an armed presence on the streets of Minneapolis during the civil unrest following the death of George Floyd,” according to the criminal complaint. https://www.fox9.com/news/boogaloo-bois-member-federally-charged-with-firing-on-3rd-precinct-during-minneapolis-riots

    President Donald Trump falsely linked the Black Lives Matter movement to an anti-police chant, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon,” during the final presidential debate on Thursday. https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tasneemnashrulla/trump-blm-chant-pigs-in-a-blanket-false-claim As CNN reported in July, those words were chanted at a 2015 protest march held by a group in St. Paul, Minnesota, that was independent of, and not affiliated with, the national Black Lives Matter organization. https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/02/politics/fact-check-trump-pigs-blanket-black-lives-matter/index.html
    The chant lasted about 30 seconds during the hours-long march, protesters told the St. Paul Pioneer Press at the time https://www.twincities.com/2015/09/01/mark-dayton-black-lives-matters-pigs-chant-a-terrible-thing-to-say/
    CNN’s fact-checkers reported that they could find no evidence that chant was used by the Black Lives Matter national organization or by BLM activists outside Minnesota.

  3. Update says:

    Four members of an armed right-wing group linked to the anti-government “boogaloo” movement have been charged with conspiring to destroy evidence related to the fatal shooting of a Federal Protective Service officer and the wounding of another in Oakland, Calif., last May, prosecutors announced Friday. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2021/04/10/boogaloo-evidence-indictment/
    Members of the “Grizzly Scouts” Allegedly Conspired to Obstruct Investigation and Proceedings Involving the Murder of a Federal Officer in Oakland, California (federal grand jury indictment) https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndca/pr/four-members-militia-group-identifying-boogaloo-movement-charged-conspiracy-obstruct

  4. Update says:

    “I Felt Hate More Than Anything”: How an Active Duty Airman Tried to Start a Civil War.
    Steven Carrillo’s path to the Boogaloo Bois shows the hate group is far more organized and dangerous than previously known. https://www.propublica.org/article/i-felt-hate-more-than-anything-how-an-active-duty-airman-tried-to-start-a-civil-war
    Experts in extremist militia groups have long regarded the Boogaloo Bois as having no real hierarchy or leadership structure. But in piecing together Carrillo’s activities and militia contacts, law enforcement officials were stunned to discover the extent of coordination, planning and communications within the group.

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