A ‘Boogaloo’ extremist group destroyed evidence from an investigation into one of their members who allegedly killed a police officer

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Members of the Boogaloo Movement stand in front of the Ohio Statehouse during a right-wing protest “Stand For America Against Terrorists and Tyrants” at State Capitol on July 18, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio.

  • Members of the “boogaloo” movement tried to cover up evidence in a federal probe, officials said.
  • A member of a California group was arrested and charged with killing a federal officer.
  • Four members of that group deleted messages that referenced the incidents that led to his arrest.
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Members of the “Boogaloo” extremist movement were charged with conspiring to destroy evidence tied to the investigation of a fatal shooting of a federal officer, authorities said on Friday.

Four members of the Northern California-based Grizzly Scouts allegedly tried to cover up that one of their members had shot and killed the officer, a federal grand jury indictment said.

A second officer was also injured during the incident.

Authorities said Jessie Alexander Rush, 29, Robert Jesus Blancas, 33, Simon Sage Ybarra, 23, and Kenny Matthew Miksch, 21, conspired to destroy communications and other records tied to the May 29, 2020 incident.

Chat messages including one that read: “Dudes i offed a fed,” were deleted.

The Grizzly Scouts connected on a Facebook group with a description that referenced the “boogaloo movement” and would periodically meet in person for firearms training and other purposes.

The “boogaloo” movement is not one cohesive group but rather a string of loosely connected extremists and militias that believe in a theoretical second US civil war and uprising against the federal government.

CNN previously reported that Steven Carrillo, 32, was arrested last year and charged with murder in connection with a May 2020 shooting that resulted in the death of Federal Protective Service officer David Patrick Underwood in Oakland.

Carillo was also charged and arrested for the June 6 murder of Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Deputy Sgt. Damon Gutzwiller, but has pleaded not guilty to charges for both cases, CNN reported.

According to the recent indictment, Carillo sent a WhatsApp message to a group of Grizzly Scouts and reportedly said he was “preparing to engage in a shoot-out with law enforcement” and asked other members to help him.

Rush then instructed the group to delete messages, and not long after the shooting, Blancas also deleted files that were stored in a Dropbox account. All four men accused also reportedly connected on another platform hours after the shooting and deleted WhatsApp group messages including those that mentioned violence against law enforcement from their phones.

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Armed protesters rallied at state capitols as cities and states ramp up security ahead of Biden’s inauguration

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Trump supporters stand outside of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus, Ohio January 17, 2021 during a nationwide protest called by anti-government and far-right groups supporting US President Donald Trump and his claim of electoral fraud in the November 3 presidential election.

  • Small groups of armed protesters showed up at the state capitols in Ohio, Texas, Oregon, and Michigan on Sunday. 
  • There were no reports of violence or arrests at any of the protests. 
  • The protests come as states and cities ramp up security ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration next week. 
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Armed protesters showed up to the state capitol buildings of Ohio, Texas, Oregon, and Michigan on Sunday ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

Cities and states are gearing up security after an FBI bulletin warned that in the days leading up to the inauguration, “armed protests” are expected to take place at the US Capitol and state capitols across the country.

The violence comes after supporters of President Donald Trump breached the US Capitol and clashed with law enforcement, halting the joint session of Congress as lawmakers were debating challenges to electoral votes on January 6. The clashes resulted in the deaths of five people. 

The New York Times previously reported that National Guard troops were deployed to the capitols of at least 19 states following the FBI memo. 

More than 50 armed protesters, including members of the “boogaloo” movement, a far-right anti-government extremist group, showed up at the Ohio statehouse, the Columbus Dispatch reported. The paper reported that no violence ensued. 

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In Michigan, no more than 20 protesters, most of whom identified as part of the boogaloo movement, showed up at the State Capitol in Lansing, the Detroit Free Press reported. 

In Oregon, a “handful” of protesters showed up at the statehouse in Salem, including some who donned Hawaiian shirts, symbolic of the boogaloo movement, The Oregonian reported. 

A small group of protesters, including some who were armed, also showed up at the state capitol in Austin, Texas, KXAN reported. 

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