Another member of the Boogaloo Bois pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges to sell weapons to Hamas as part of ‘Boojahideen’ sub-group

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A member of the far-right militia, Boogaloo Bois, walks next to protestors demonstrating outside Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Metro Division 2 just outside of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 29, 2020. – The protest was sparked by protests in Minneapolis, over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white policeman kneeled on his neck for several minutes. In Charlotte, CMPD Metro Division 2 was home to CMPD officer, Wende Kerl, who shot and killed Danquirs Franklin outside of a Burger King on March 25, 2019. CMPD found that officer Kerl operated in the constraints of the law but later a citizen review board would find that the officers actions were not justified. No charges were ever brought.

A second member of the far-right extremist Boogaloo Bois group pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a conspiracy charge to provide material support and weapons to what he thought was Hamas, a Palestinian political party and a foreign terrorist organization, as designated by the US.

At a US District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Michael Solomon, 31, pleaded guilty to one charge. His co-defendant Benjamin Ryan Teeter pleaded guilty in December.

The FBI’s investigation into the group started back in May 2020.

According to court documents, the FBI began investigating Teeter and Solomon when an undercover confidential source tipped them off, alerting them that the Boogaloo Bois sought to employ themselves as mercenaries for Hamas in order to raise money for a training compound, and later sell specialized weapons to the group.

The source recorded conversations with the two, in which Teeter said that the anti-government group and Hamas shared similar goals, according to the Justice Department. Solomon reportedly exchanged encrypted text messages with Teeter confirming the operation.

A sentencing date has not yet been set; Teeter could face up to 20 years on a felony charge, and now, so could Solomon.

With the undercover agent and an informant, Teeter and Solomon negotiated to sell devices that modify semi-automatic weapons into illegal machine guns, according to DOJ charges.

Teeter and Solomon sold batches of the weapon accessories to the undercover agent and informant, allegedly believing that the eventually modified weapons would be used by Hamas to target Israeli and American military personnel abroad, according to prosecutors.

In September, Hamas publicly denounced the FBI sting on Teeter and Solomon and said that they did not want to be associated with the extreme goals of the Boogaloo Bois.

Teeter and Solomon were part of a sub-division of the Boogaloo Bois who called themselves the “Boojahideen.”

“This case highlights the real threat posed by domestic violent extremists who self-radicalize and threaten to violently attack others opposed to their views, with little or no warning,” Michael Paul, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis field office, said in December.

At a court appearance in December, Teeter acknowledged that he thought the materials would be used by Hamas’ paramilitary group, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune.

“I mean, why would someone buy suppressors if they weren’t going to deliver them to a militant wing?” he said.

In court, Teeter added that he and Solomon hoped Hamas would help them “exit the country and open a training facility” for the Boogaloo Bois.

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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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