Author Topic: When Racists Attack  (Read 5283 times)

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #15 on: April 29, 2019, 03:08:27 am »
Friday, 26th April 2019
When Racists Attack: Clark County, Nevada
by David Ferrara

The second of two teens was sentenced Friday for his role in a series of racist threats made against black Arbor View High School students on Instagram.

“I’m so sorry for the fear and the trouble this has caused all of you,” the teen said during a Juvenile Court hearing.

“This is all because of my poor decision making, my bad judgment. And though my part in this was not the biggest, compared with my co-defendant, any part in something like this is too big of a part. And it sucks that it took me getting arrested to realize that.”

The 15-year-old boy, who pleaded guilty earlier this week to a felony charge of making a terrorist threat, was ordered to a diversion program at a juvenile facility, followed by 12 months of probation.

During his sentence, the teen is prohibited from using the internet and social media, except for supervised academic purposes.

The teen admitted to helping his 14-year-old co-defendant, the Instagram account creator, write photo captions that threatened to “cleanse” the school’s hallways of black students in a “Columbine pt. 2.”

The threats were posted with candid photos of nine black students, and the account’s username included a racist slur.

During the hearing before Judge William Voy on Friday, one of the targets of the Instagram posts wore a yellow T-shirt with the words “No Racism In Schools #1865.”

He said he had not known the boys who created the account.

He said he was at first confused about his picture having been taken.

Then, he said, “It dawned on me that someone wanted to shoot and kill us because we were black.”

About 15 people sat in the courtroom gallery in support of the victims, some wearing similar T-shirts, many wiping away tears as he spoke.

“I’ve heard of horrible things like this happening to other people, but I never thought it would happen to me,” he said, with his mother at his side.

“How do you hate someone because they look different than you? How do you hate someone you don’t know that has never done anything wrong or bad to you? … I like being a teenager, and somehow I’m pushed into adult things. I’m glad it was just a phone that was aimed at my head and not a weapon.”

The teen who was charged also dabbed his eyes with a tissue as he sat in an orange sweatshirt and blue sweatpants next to his lawyer.

He has remained in custody at the Juvenile Detention Center since his March 19 arrest.

The amount of time he spends in the diversion program will depend on the customized program created for him by Clark County Juvenile Probation.

Voy also said the teen would not be allowed to re-enroll in the Clark County School District without the court’s permission, and he instructed the teen to write apology letters to all nine students whose photos were posted to the account and to the school at large.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2019, 06:49:13 am »
Wednesday, 15th May 2019
When Racists Attack: Multnomah County, Oregon
by Soraya Joseph

A Gresham, Oregon man by the name of Michael James Black was arrested May 11 and is being investigated for a hate crime after allegedly yelling racial slurs at a Black teenage boy.

According to documents obtained by Oregon Live,  the Multnomah County District Attorney’s office is charging Black, 64, with second-degree intimidation and menacing.

It’s alleged that on May 10, the 14-year-old victim (who remains unnamed in publications due to his minor status), was threatened by the older man while he was riding his bicycle near Black’s residence.

According to Gresham Police spokesman Ben Costigan, the teen was riding his bike around 9:30pm, not far from Black’s house on Northeast Glisan Street.

The young victim said he was riding his bicycle in circles, when Black proceeded to yell at him.

“He called him a racial slur, and said he was going to blow his head off,” Costigan states.

According to a probable cause statement released by the district attorney’s office, the teen was riding his bike home with friends after basketball practice.

Although the teen was traveling on bike, his friends were on foot, which he claims is the reason why he occasionally rode in circles allowing his teammates a chance to catch up to him.

The teens were walking in a cul-de-sac that they presumed was a public space.

That’s when the young man alleges that Black, who is white, yelled at the teen from about 30-40 feet away, that the area is private property, followed up by racial slurs and threats.

Fearful that Black would make good on his threats, the teen told officials he got scared, so he rode home where his mother later alerted police of the issue.

Black’s subsequent statement to officials varies somewhat.

According to t Oregon Live, Black told the police that the teen went on to his property and engaged in a yelling match and “flipped” him off.”

Black also said that he thought the teen had a knife, but admitted he is vision impaired.

It was also revealed that Black has been arrested before, but for crimes not associated with this scenario.

While the stories between Black and the unnamed teen vary, he does admit to using racially-charged language during the exchange.

We can only imagine what words he used to describe the teen during this encounter.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2019, 06:49:24 am »
Wednesday, 29th May 2019
When Racists Attack: Starkville, Mississippi

by Dan Cancian

A white woman who threatened a black couple at a campground in Mississippi with a gun because they did not have a reservation has been fired.

On Tuesday, Kampgrounds of America spokesman Mike Gast told The Associated Press that the unidentified employee had been fired, adding the company “does not condone the use of a firearm in any manner.”

On Sunday, Jessica Richardson and her husband were trying to enjoy a picnic with their dog by Oktibbeha County Lake, located approximately 12 miles northwest of Starkville, Mississippi.

When the couple arrived at the nearby Kampgrounds of America they reportedly asked at the reception whether they needed to stay at the campsite to spend the day by the nearby lake and were told access to the latter was not exclusive to guests.

However, soon after they started walking, Richardson and her husband were approached by an elderly white female, who pulled her truck up next to them.

The woman then got off her vehicle and took out a gun.

She ordered the couple to leave the campsite after learning they did not have a reservation.

The whole incident was captured on camera by Richardson, who then posted the footage on Facebook with the caption “racism is alive and well.”

In the video, Richardson can be heard saying:

“This lady just pulled a gun because we [are] out here and don't have reservations.

“The only thing you had to tell us was to leave, we would have left. You didn't have to pull a gun."

The woman, who was wearing a Kampgrounds of America T-shirt, can then be heard telling the couple they have to leave the campsite as they are not allowed on the premises.

“Well I'm just telling you you need to leave because it's under private ownership,” she said before eventually putting the gun away.

“You can't be out here.”

Shortly after the video was posted on Fakebook, Kampgrounds of America confirmed they had been made aware of the incident and were investigating it.

“Kampgrounds of America is currently looking into the matter and reaching out to all of the parties involved,” it said in a statement.

“Kampgrounds of America prides itself on providing a welcoming, safe environment for everyone to enjoy the outdoors.”
According to its website, Kampgrounds of America is the world’s largest system of privately held campgrounds and the company operates almost 500 different sites across the U.S. and Canada.

Would You Like to Know More?
« Last Edit: May 29, 2019, 07:00:22 am by Battle »

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2019, 10:23:27 am »

Saturday, 6th July 2019
When Racists Attack: Peoria, Arizona
by Michael Harriot

Arizona law enforcement officials arrested a man who allegedly killed an innocent teenager in a brutal stabbing early Thursday morning.

Although the teen didn’t know the suspect or apparently do anything to his alleged killer, authorities say the man committed the fatal act simply because he felt threatened by the music the teen was playing.

On Thursday, police in Peoria, Ariz. charged 27-year-old Michael Paul Adams with the first-degree, premeditated murder of 17-year-old Elijah Al-Amin.

According to the Arizona Republic’s review of court documents, Adams allegedly slit the boy’s throat and stabbed him with a pocketknife at a Peoria Circle K gas station.

Superior court records say Adams told investigators that he felt threatened by the hip-hop music the teen was playing—not the teenager himself—explaining that people who play rap music are a threat to him and his community.

Adams reportedly said he was being “proactive, not reactive” because the musical genre makes him feel “unsafe” after rap music listeners attacked him in the past.

Al-Amin had just finished working his shift at Subway at 11:30 p.m., visiting his girlfriend before heading to the Circle K around 1:42 a.m. Surveillance footage from the convenience store shows Al-Amin walking into the store, followed by Adams a few seconds later, reports the Republic.

After Adam allegedly stabbed the teenager, Al-Amin ran out of the store where he collapsed near the gas tanks.

He was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead around 2:05 a.m. on Thursday, authorities say.

After a brief search, the cops claim they found Adams covered in blood and reportedly admitting he was “involved” in the heinous slaying.

Adams, whose criminal history includes theft, disorderly conduct, assault with a weapon and assault on a corrections officer, was released from prison on Tuesday.

Adams’ attorney says that he had no access to mental health services after he was released although a statement from an Arizona Department of Corrections spokesperson says that Adams was “not designated seriously mentally ill.”

“He was a good kid,” El Amin’s father told KVOA in a tearful interview.

“He wanted to be hotel management, he wanted to move to Seattle, he wanted to move different places.”

Michael Paul Adams is being held on a $1 million bond.

Elijah Al-Amin would have turned 18 in two weeks.

Would You Like To Know More?
« Last Edit: July 07, 2019, 11:25:09 am by Battle »

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2019, 10:56:04 am »
Monday, 12th August 2019
When Racists Attack: El Paso, Texas
by Vanessa Romo

The gunman accused of the shooting massacre that left 22 people dead at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart on Saturday was in his car — nearly a mile away from the horrific scene — when he surrendered to Texas Rangers, according to an arrest affidavit.

"Agents and police officers at the intersection then observed a male person — the defendant — exit out of the vehicle with his hands raised in the air and stated out loud to the agents, 'I'm the shooter,' " the document states.
It appears the alleged shooter somehow evaded El Paso Police Department officers who arrived at the store about six minutes after receiving calls about a disturbance at the popular shopping center, which then became calls about a shooting in progress.

Sgt. Enrique Carrillo told NPR 21-year-old Patrick Wood Crusius was in the left hand lane of an intersection when rangers pulled up behind him.

"He had driven up to that intersection, but when the officer saw him he had already exited the car," Carrillo said.

The suspect was arrested and transported to the El Paso Police Department's headquarters, where police say he waived his Miranda rights and agreed "to speak about the incident."

During questioning, police say, the alleged shooter confessed that he planned the rampage and drove nearly 10 hours from Allen, Texas, to the border city with the intention of targeting "Mexicans."

Authorities believe Crusius is the author of a 2,300-word anti-immigrant screed that was posted to the online message board 8chan just 19 minutes before the mass shooting.

The four-page document talked about a "Hispanic invasion of Texas."
"The defendant stated once inside the store he opened fire using his AK-47 shooting multiple innocent victims," the affidavit says, adding that he was carrying "multiple magazines."

The 22 victims ranged in age from 15 to 90.

Thirteen are listed as U.S. citizens; eight are Mexican nationals.

One is German.

Crusius has been in police custody since his arrest but has not been arraigned.

Claudia Duran, a spokeswoman for the El Paso County district attorney, said that won't happen until the investigation by El Paso police and the FBI concludes.

State prosecutors in El Paso announced on Sunday that they will pursue the death penalty.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #20 on: August 29, 2019, 07:05:32 pm »
Thursday, 29th August 2019
When Racists Attack: Las Vegas, Nevada
by Joyce Lupiani

(LAS VEGAS, NV) — Braxton Ryback, 25, and Johnny Young, 22, were recently arrested by Las Vegas police after threatening to shoot up the XS Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas.

The incident happened Aug. 10. Police were told that Ryback and Young were shouting "White privilege, white power, we are white supremacist" and locking their fists like they were going to hit people.

Police were also told that the men told security that they were going to come back and shoot the place up.

Young then allegedly returned to the hotel-casino with pepper spray.

During an interview with police, Young told police that he had a weapon in his vehicle at the Wynn and another weapon in his apartment.

He also told police that Ryback spent time on a website called "Daily Stormer" and that he shared Ryback's beliefs.

Young also told police that he was drunk and angry at security because they had stopped him from taking photos of security cameras but he never had any intention of hurting someone.

He said he intended to only use the pepper spray for protection if needed.

Young also explained that Ryback was from Canada and that he ran an illegal AirBnB and Young and his girlfriend were staying with him.
Ryback told people that he did not remember what he said and did not recall making any threats and did not want to talk to detectives.

Police removed several items in Young's and Ryback's apartment including a loaded Cobra handgun, ammunition, a global entry ID and Belgium ID, a Nevada driver's license, a Macbook Pro, an iPhone and a Samsung phone.
Police also removed a pellet gun and hard drive from Young's car at the Wynn.
Based on numerous witness statements and the fact that Young specifically stated he would return with a gun, both people are being charged with making threats or conveying false information concerning an act of terrorism or the presence with the intent to injure, intimidate or alarm any person.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #21 on: October 22, 2019, 11:13:02 am »
Tuesday, 22nd October 2019
When Racists Attack: Manhattan, New York
by Rebecca Rosenberg

A Manhattan judge Tuesday sentenced two members of the right-wing Proud Boys group to four years in prison for pummeling leftist Antifa members during a brawl on the Upper East Side.

Justice Mark Dwyer gave Maxwell Hare, 27,  and John Kinsman, 40, terms that were six months above the minimum for the caught-on-camera skirmish near the Metropolitan Republican Club after Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes delivered a speech.

Both defendants faced as much as 15 years.

They were convicted last August at trial of attempted gang assault, attempted assault and riot stemming from the Oct. 12, 2018, melee.

“It’s a shame when some people jump up and down on a platform,” Dwyer said in an apparent reference to McInnes, “and their followers, their soldiers, get into trouble.”

He added, “I’m not sure the most moral responsibility belongs to these two defendants.”

Both Kinsman and Hare apologized for their conduct during the Manhattan Supreme Court sentencing.

“I’m sorry about the whole mess. I regret the entire incident,” said Kinsman, who is married with three children.

“I made a mistake.”

In a similar statement, Hare told the judge,

“I made a mistake that night. I made quick decisions. I’m sorry.”

They both testified at trial that they acted in self-defense.

Assistant DA Joshua Steinglass argued for five-year prison terms.

“This was not a schoolyard brawl,” the prosecutor said.

“These are adults who should know better.”

The fight unfolded shortly after McInnes’ speech ended and the Proud Boys exited the venue, as 60 protesters, including members of Antifa, massed behind barricades and jeered at them.

To avoid a confrontation, cops directed the Proud Boys west on 83rd Street, then south on Park Avenue, while they shepherded their opponents in the other direction.

As the Proud Boys neared East 82nd Street, they saw six suspected Antifa protesters, clad in back, heading toward them.

Instead of walking away, the defendants and their pals sprinted more than 100 feet toward their foes, instigating the fight, Steinglass said.

During the violent confrontation, Kinsman and Hare repeatedly punched, kicked and stomped on the outnumbered and undersize Antifa members.

The victims in the case were never identified, and Antifa refused to cooperate with the investigation.
Prosecutors said that if they could have located the Antifa members, they would have also been charged.

A total of 10 Proud Boys were charged in connection with the incident.

Seven of them took plea deals, and one is still awaiting trial.

“I know enough about history to know what happened in Europe in the ’30s when political street brawls were allowed to go ahead,” Dwyer said during the sentencing.

“We don’t want that to happen in New York.”

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #22 on: December 10, 2019, 04:00:53 am »
Tuesday, 10th December 2019
WHEN RACISTS ATTACK: Prince George, Maryland
by Lilly Price

A hundred potential jurors convened Monday at Prince George’s County Circuit Court to field questions on race, bias and alcohol abuse that will help lawyers select a jury for the Severna Park man charged with the murder of a black college student and a hate crime.

Once assembled, the jury will hear about the death of Richard Collins III, a Bowie State University student and second lieutenant in the Army who was stabbed to death just days away from graduating.

Sean Urbanski, a white, former University of Maryland student, is charged with first-degree murder and a hate crime in Collins’ May 2017 death.

After four postponed trial dates, Urbanski’s case started Monday with a jury selection process projected to last two days.

Collins’ family filled a row behind potential jurors during the court proceedings in Upper Marlboro.

Collins was 23 when he died.

Prosecutors and Urbanski’s defense lawyers will decide over the next two days which jurors to select for the jury.

The hate-crime charge will make race a core component of this trial.

Circuit Court Judge Lawrence Hill Jr. asked potential jurors several questions regarding race, such as:

“Do you believe individuals that tell or show ‘racially insensitive’ jokes or memes are racist?”


“Do you believe individuals can listen to jokes that are ‘racially insensitive’ and not be racist?”

Collins was standing at a University of Maryland bus stop with friends the night of May 20, 2017, when Urbanski approached the group and warned:

“Step left, step left if you know what’s best for you."

Collins said “No” and Urbanski allegedly fatally stabbed him with a folding knife, according to court documents and surveillance video.

Urbanski, 24, has pleaded not guilty.

Urbanski wore a navy suit and sat huddled with his lawyers Monday morning. He belonged to a Facebook page called “Alt-Reich: Nation” and had several racist images, often called memes, saved on his phone.

His defense attorneys tried to bar these images from being used as evidence in the trial, calling them “stupid and tasteless,” but Hill ruled against the motion in a previous hearing.

Prosecutors plan to argue the Facebook group, the images and Urbanski’s decision to bypass the white friend and Asian friend with Collins that night are evidence that he killed Collins because he was black.

Defense attorneys plan to argue that Urbanski did not plan the attack and was highly intoxicated at the time with a blood-alcohol level three times above the legal limit.

His lawyers also will contend that speech must be connected to a crime to be cited as evidence of motive, and Urbanski didn’t say anything discriminatory during the attack.

The judge also asked members of the jury pool if they or someone they know have problems with alcohol abuse and or if that would affect their ability to be a fair and impartial juror.

He asked potential jurors if they know someone who often carries a pocketknife.

Once the jury is selected, it will hear accounts from over 30 witnesses and arguments from both sides over the next two weeks.

The jury ultimately will decide if Urbanski is guilty of murder and if there is a connection between the racist images found on Urbanski’s phone and the killing.

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #23 on: December 15, 2019, 09:42:30 am »
Sunday, 15th December 2019
When Racists Attack: West point, New York
by Stephanie Farr

West Point is investigating a hand gesture made by several cadets and midshipmen during an ESPN pre-game broadcast at the Army-Navy game Saturday after clips of the signals went viral because of their association with white power.

“West Point is looking into the matter,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

“At this time we do not know the intent of the cadets.”

The Naval Academy did not return a request for comment about a similar gesture used by its midshipman.

During the broadcast at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philly, at least three or four students are seen flashing an upside OK sign with their hands behind reporter ESPN Rece Davis.

Many on social media expressed shock and outrage because of the symbol’s recent association with white power.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #24 on: December 21, 2019, 12:39:18 am »
Saturday, 21st December 2019
When Racists Attack: Clive, Iowa
by Amir Vera and Hollie Silverman

An Iowa woman was charged with attempted murder after running over a 14-year-old girl, saying she did so because the teenager "was a Mexican," police said.

Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, was arrested on other charges and Thursday admitted to Clive police she hit the girl with her vehicle on December 9th, according to a news release from the Clive Police Department.

Clive is about 9 miles from Des Moines.
The girl was walking to Indian Hills Junior High when a vehicle drove onto the sidewalk, ran over her and left the scene, the release said.

"I don't remember the impact, I just remember the car coming toward me," the girl told CNN affiliate KCCI-TV.

She added that she had been going to a basketball game.

"I didn't do anything, I'm just a girl just walking to a basketball game."

Officials say the girl was able to return to school one week after the incident, according to CNN affiliate WOI-TV.

CNN is not naming the girl because she is a minor.
During her interview with detectives, Poole Franklin, a Des Moines resident, said she was the driver and intentionally struck the girl because she "was a Mexican," police said.

Poole Franklin then "made a series of derogatory statements about Latinos," police said.

Poole Franklin was charged with assault in a separate incident on December 9th after police said she used racist terms toward a clerk and customers at a West Des Moines convenience store and threw items at the clerk, KCCI reported.

This incident took place about an hour and a half after the hit-and-run.

Authorities are looking at whether Poole Franklin running the girl over was a hate crime, Clive Police Chief Michael Venema said during a news conference.

"We're going to present all of that information to the prosecutors and ultimately they will make the determination on what crimes to prosecute," Venema said.

The Polk County Clerk of Courts office told CNN that Poole Franklin does not currently have an attorney.

Venema said in the release the victim's family requests privacy.

"There is no place in our community (or any other) for this kind of hatred and violence," Venema said.

"We are committed to supporting the victim and (her) family and working diligently with them to seek justice."

Charging documents say Poole Franklin is expected to appear for a preliminary hearing December 30th.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #25 on: January 16, 2020, 04:34:12 pm »
Thursday, 16th January 2020
When Racists Attack: Richmond, Virginia
by Bill Chappell, Hannah Allam & Ryan Lucas

The FBI has arrested three alleged members of The Base — which authorities describe as a "racially motivated violent extremist group" — on charges that range from illegal transport of a machine gun to harboring aliens, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Maryland.

A law enforcement official tells NPR that the three suspected members of The Base had discussed going to a controversial pro-gun rally in Virginia next week.

The three men are Brian Mark Lemley Jr., 33, of Elkton, Md.; William Garfield Bilbrough IV, 19, of Denton, Md.; and Canadian national Patrik Jordan Mathews, 27, who entered the U.S. illegally last summer.

Mathews and Lemley had recently been living in Newark, Del.

The arrests come days before a pro-gun demonstration that's slated to take place in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday — and just after Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned firearms on the Capitol grounds in Richmond in anticipation of the gun rights demonstration.

"We have received credible intelligence from our law enforcement agencies that there are groups with malicious plans for the rally that is planned for Monday," Northam said Wednesday afternoon.

The firearms ban was challenged in court, but a judge in Richmond upheld the governor's order.

The criminal case against Lemley, Bilbrough and Mathews was filed under seal Tuesday; it was unsealed Thursday after their arrests.

The defendants were to appear before a federal judge Thursday afternoon at the U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Md., just east of the Capital Beltway.

They were not expected to enter any pleas in that initial appearance, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

Two of the men who were arrested have previous military training:

Lemley was a cavalry scout in the Army, and Mathews previously served as a combat engineer in the Canadian Army Reserve.

Mathews apparently entered the U.S. just days after a high-profile police raid on his house in rural Manitoba, Canada, last August.

As the CBC reported, police ordered Mathews out of his house so they could execute a search warrant related to suspicions that he was acquiring guns and recruiting for The Base — which the CBC called "a global neo-Nazi terrorist group."

The FBI says Lemley and Bilbrough drove together from Maryland to Michigan to pick up Mathews after he illegally entered the U.S. near the Manitoba-Minnesota border.

The trio then traveled to Maryland's Eastern Shore area, where Bilbrough lives, the bureau says.

Lemley and Mathews then set up a residence in neighboring Delaware, where authorities say they started working to build an illegal assault rifle and acquire ammunition, according to court documents.

"Lemley and Mathews used an upper receiver ordered by Lemley, as well as other firearms parts, to make a functioning assault rifle," the U.S. Attorney's Office says, citing an affidavit that FBI Special Agent Rachid Harrison filed in support of the charges.

This month, the U.S. Attorney's Office says, Lemley and Mathews "purchased approximately 1,650 rounds of 5.56mm and 6.5mm ammunition; traveled from Delaware to a gun range in Maryland, where they shot the assault rifle; and retrieved plate carriers (to support body armor) and at least some of the purchased ammunition from Lemley's prior residence in Maryland."

It appears federal authorities had the men under surveillance, as Harrison's affidavit details their movements and quotes from their conversations.

One section of the FBI affidavit describes Lemley taking the assault rifle to a gun range in Maryland:

"An FBI agent observed Lemley at the gun range, and heard what appeared to be more than one bullet being fired at a time."

The court documents state that when Lemley returned to the Delaware apartment he shared with Mathews, he said the rifle

"would have to be cached though because that's an ATF f****** nightmare" and added,

"Oh oops, it looks like I accidentally made a machine gun."

Lemley then said he would partially dismantle the gun in case agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives visited the apartment — to which Mathews replied,

"Um, if they show up here, we got other problems."

When the two men returned to the same gun range in Maryland three days later, the FBI was ready.

Its agents had set up a camera near the gun range, allowing them to record Lemley and Mathews with the illegal firearm.

The Base's members use encrypted chat rooms to discuss their supremacist agenda, the FBI says.

According to court documents, the extremists frequently discuss topics such as "recruitment, creating a white ethno-state, committing acts of violence against minority communities (including African-Americans and Jewish-Americans), the organization's military-style training camps, and ways to make improvised explosive devices."

Summarizing the most serious charges in the case, the U.S. Attorney's Office says Lemley and Mathews could each face a maximum of 10 years in prison if they're convicted of "transporting a firearm and ammunition in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony offense."

Lemley faces additional charges, from transporting a machine gun in interstate commerce to providing a gun and ammunition to an illegal alien.

And Mathews could face a maximum of 10 years if he's convicted of being an alien in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

In addition to those charges, both Lemley and Bilbrough could face a maximum sentence of five years for allegedly transporting and harboring Mathews.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #26 on: January 24, 2020, 07:34:39 am »
Friday, 24th January 2020
When Racists Attack: St. Petersburg, Russia
by Daniel De Simone, Andrei Soshnikov & Ali Winston

Rinaldo Nazzaro, 46, who uses the aliases "Norman Spear" and "Roman Wolf", left New York for St Petersburg less than two years ago.

The Base is a major counter terrorism focus for the FBI.

Seven alleged members were charged this month with various offences, including conspiracy to commit murder.

Court documents prepared by the FBI describe The Base as a "racially motivated violent extremist group" that "seeks to accelerate the downfall of the United States government, incite a race war, and establish a white ethno-state".

The group - founded around July 2018 - gains followers online, communicates using encrypted messaging applications, and encourages members to engage in paramilitary training.

The leader's real identity had long been a mystery.

However, multiple images and videos of Nazzaro - taken over several years in both the USA and Russia - show the man known to be The Base founder, who goes by the two aliases.

He has previously used photographs of himself when promoting the group online.

Last year Nazzaro was listed as a guest at a Russian government security exhibition in Moscow, which "focused on the demonstration of the results of state policy and achievements".

A video posted online in March 2019 shows Nazzaro in Russia wearing a t-shirt bearing an image of President Vladimir Putin along with the words "Russia, absolute power".

We traced Nazzaro and his Russian wife to an upmarket property in central St Petersburg purchased in her name in July 2018 - the same month to which the FBI dates the creation of The Base.

Records show that, before moving to Russia, Nazzaro ran a company registered in New York that offered access to a "network of security professionals" with expertise in intelligence, counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and psychological operations.

A website for the firm - Omega Solutions - once stated:

"Our associates have worked with various government and military agencies, including multiple wartime deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan".

When we visited the company's one-time address it was little more than a mail drop, although the firm officially remains active and has a current insurance policy.

Property records show that an apartment associated with Nazzaro in New Jersey was given as the address for an entity called "Base Global" when it purchased land in the US state of Washington.

Nazzaro married a Russian woman in Manhattan in 2012. She had moved to the city from her homeland around four years earlier and her CV says she spent time working in a bank.

In 2018 - when he first began promoting The Base online using the "Norman Spear" pseudonym - they moved with their children to Russia.

In social media posts that year, "Norman Spear" posted imagery and videos by the outlawed British terrorist group National Action, praised al-Qaeda, and asked for volunteers possessing various skills, including with weapons, for his new organisation.

Audio recordings posted online capture "Spear" lecturing on subjects such as "guerrilla warfare".

He is variously described as a military veteran, a former CIA field officer, and a defence studies expert.

"Norman Spear" was previously associated with an obscure movement that seeks a "white homeland" in the US Pacific Northwest, which includes the area where "Base Global" purchased land.

Following the nationwide FBI arrests of alleged Base members last week, an online channel used by the group to post propaganda carried a defiant statement from "Roman Wolf", saying "we will continue our struggle for survival undeterred".

The case against three alleged members states that the group leader instructed them to use coded language - or cyphers - when communicating, a tactic which the men are said to have employed.

The trio, accused of conspiring to murder an anti-fascist couple and their children, were allegedly counselled by the leader to carry out "non-attributable actions but that will still send a message".

A separate Guardian investigation has today also named Nazzaro as leader of The Base.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #27 on: January 24, 2020, 05:25:21 pm »
Friday, 24th January 2020
When Racists Attack: Charlottesville, Virginia
by Joe Jurado

The “Unite the Right” rally was one of the darkest moments in our countries recent history.

The white nationalist rally took the life of 32-year-old Heather Heyer and left countless others injured and scarred.

In some good news, one of the key figures behind that rally has been arrested.

According to NBC News, Christopher Cantwell has been arrested by the FBI and indicted on counts of extortion over interstate communications and threatening interstate communications.

Cantwell is alleged to have sent threatening messages to a man in order to get personal information of a man he currently has beef with.

He sent a message over Telegram to the man saying

“So if you don’t want me to come and fvck your wife in front of your kids, then you should make yourself scarce.”

Which, just, what?

Men like Cantwell seem to like to portray themselves as the toughest of the tough guys and then when hit with a little bit of pressure they fold.

Cantwell himself embodies this notion.

While he gained notoriety from the mad sh*t he was talking in the Vice documentary about the rally he is more notable for the video he uploaded of himself crying after finding out there was a warrant for his arrest.

Nazis, nothing but a bunch of crybabies and cowards.

This isn’t Cantwell’s first run in with the law as he was charged with assault after pepper spraying protesters at the rally.

Hopefully this will result in him crying his ass all the way into a jail cell.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #28 on: February 15, 2020, 05:08:04 am »
Saturday, 15th February 2o2o
When Racists Attack: Charlottesville, Virginia
by Pilar Control

The wife of white supremacist Augustus Sol Invictus, who is accused of kidnapping his spouse and their two children in December, railed against her husband at his Friday bail hearing, calling him a “master manipulator” with “Charles Manson-like mind control” over his followers.

Invictus, 36, who legally changed his name from Austin Gillespie, has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated domestic violence for allegedly forcing his wife, Anna Invictus, at gunpoint to travel with him from South Carolina to Florida on December 12th.

In Florida, she was able to escape from her husband and return home, she told police.

On Friday, Judge Hal Harrison denied the white supremacist bail after Invictus said she was afraid he’d kill her if he was released from jail.

“Many of his devotees know the truth; they have seen the abuse or the aftermath of my beatings, they are witnesses with their own eyes,” Anna Invictus said, reading a statement she prepared for the court.

“Yet, because of his Charles Manson-like mind control, they would testify before the court that he is innocent.”

Detailing the emotional, physical, and mental abuse she’s endured over the last six years, the long-suffering wife called Augustus Invictus a violent manipulator who sought out followers for his white nationalist ideologies.

“After nearly six years in this relationship, I have finally found the courage to stand up against Augustus and his perpetual abuse,” she said, before listing 16 examples of his misconduct.

In one harrowing incident, Anna Invictus said her husband beat her so hard that she saw “flashes of light.”

In another, she said she was locked in a bedroom for days.

She said her husband once “violently choked” her until she passed out, and dragged her through her home “for my teenagers to witness.”

He also threatened to kill her multiple times, she told the court.

Anna Invictus said she’d filed police reports against her husband, but couldn’t alert authorities to every incident because he would steal her phone.

“This man is not only violent, he is a master manipulator,” she said.

“His public face is very different from the one my family and I have endured. If he is released, he will continue to use his knowledge of the law, his impressive vocabulary, and spectacular ability to manipulate and mold his political followers and women into obedient servants, exactly like the ones you see here today.”

Invictus, a prominent white supremacist, was a speaker at the deadly 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where activist Heather Heyer was killed.

The lawyer and failed political candidate has also been involved in arranging the legal defense for other members of the movement and was previously accused of domestic violence, according to HuffPost.

He was never criminally charged.

“Augustus is not the stereotypical drunken wife-beater,” Anna Invictus said.

“His calculated, violent, manipulative intentions deserve special consideration.”

During his last bond hearing, Rock Hill Detective Matthew Beech read from the white nationalist’s online writings to show his destructive mindset.

Invictus scoffed in the courtroom when Beech suggested he was a flight risk and demanded an apology from the detective “when” he is found innocent.

“The destruction I insight is not terrorism. The only aim is the destruction of buildings or persons plaguing the Earth. The long term aim is the overthrow of this civilization. It has absolutely nothing to do with causing fear. This is terrorism the same way removing a tumor is terrorism. Although you are cancer, and I am the Earth’s physician,” Invictus wrote in one of the passages Beech read aloud.

In 2014, Invictus’ former roommate told Orlando police that he pointed a gun at him.

Invictus claimed he thought the roommate was an intruder and was not charged.

Two years later, one of Invictus’ exes told police he had battered her multiple times—but she did not report those incidents until Invictus allegedly threatened to burn her belongings and “shoot her on the spot.”

He was not charged in the incident.

In an effort to show how her husband is a “danger to the community” and her family, Anna Invictus also read some of his journal passages at the Friday hearing, including one in which he said

“victims will be sacrificed; politicians will be assassinated; wars will be begun.”

“And when the day finally comes, and you gloat that you know it all along, and you say ‘someone should have stopped him’— know that their blood is on your hands, too,” the passage says.

Would You Like To Know More?

Offline Battle

  • Honorary Wakandan
  • *****
  • Posts: 10098
  • M.A.X. Commander
    • View Profile
Re: When Racists Attack
« Reply #29 on: February 15, 2020, 03:11:22 pm »
Saturday, 15th February 2o2o
When Racists Attack!!!
by Asher Stockler

64 white supremacists have been sentenced to a combined total of 820 years' imprisonment in what is believed to be the largest collective prosecution of white supremacists in the United States, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas.

Sixty-four white supremacists have been sentenced to a combined total of 820 years' imprisonment in what is believed to be the largest collective prosecution of white supremacists in the United States, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Texas.

On Thursday, Garry Cody Jones, 51, was sentenced to over 11 years in prison for his role in a drug dealing scheme, marking the 64th and final hearing in the second round of sentencing for a series of kidnapping and drug-related conspiracies involving hate groups.

Jones' lawyer did not return a request for comment.

"Not only do white supremacist gangs endorse repugnant ideologies, they also facilitate a violent drug and gun trade, putting our citizens in grave danger," U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said in a press release.

"We were alarmed – but not necessarily surprised – at the quantities of drugs and firearms recovered during this investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to dismantle these organizations, disrupt their criminal activities, and put their members behind bars."

Other defendants were charged with offenses ranging from threats to violent assaults.

In one instance, a suspected neo-Nazi had "attempted to run over officers during his arrest."

The prosecutions were announced by Cox's office in May 2018 in a singular effort to pursue cases against dozens of suspected white supremacist gang members and their affiliates.

The defendants were accused of belong to organizations such as the Aryan Brotherhood and Dirty White Boys, among others.

According to federal prosecutors, the defendants routinely distributed methamphetamine and other narcotics, occasionally using firearms to safeguard their dealings, which is also a crime.

Overall, the defendants trafficked more than 1,600 kilograms of methamphetamine, 59 firearms and other drugs including cocaine and heroin over a three-year period beginning in 2015, the Justice Department said.

The defendants also had a combined 587 convictions for prior crimes before their prosecutions in this case.

White supremacy and related forms of hate have become a pronounced public policy concern over the last several years.

According to Uniform Crime Reporting statistics published annually by the FBI, 2018 saw the number of hate crimes rise to its highest level in 16 years.

The majority of hate crimes in America are perpetrated based on racial animus.

Of those incidents, almost half are directed towards African Americans. "I'd opine more than half."

In recognition of the growing tide of white supremacy, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress in early February that his agency believes racially motivated extremist groups pose a risk to the public that is "on the same footing" as the risk posed by foreign actors such as ISIS.

Would You Like To Know More?