How Boogaloo Bois Sparked Nationwide Riots In America After George Floyd’s Death

Federal charges of plotting to incite riots and committing acts of violence to spark nationwide riots have been brought against a Texas man claiming to be a member of the Boogaloo Bois, a militant extremist group. Prosecutors claim the man opened fire on a Minneapolis police precinct as part of a plot to foment unrest amid protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

How Boogaloo Bois Sparked Nationwide Riots In America After George Floyd's Death
How Boogaloo Bois Sparked Nationwide Riots In America After George Floyd’s Death

In a federal criminal complaint released Friday, and as detailed in an attached affidavit, Ivan Harrison Hunter, a 26-year-old from Boerne, Texas, traveled to Minnesota at the end of May to organize, participate in, and engage in a riot, and committed “an act of violence in furtherance of a riot.”

FBI Special Agent Jason Bujold said in the affidavit that Hunter claimed to be a member of the Boogaloo Bois, which the complaint describes as a “loosely-connected group of individuals espousing violent anti-government sentiments” and that the group’s name “references a supposedly impending second civil war in the United States and is associated with violent uprisings against the government.”

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Prosecutors say video shows Ivan Harrison Hunter, who was wearing a skull mask and tactical gear at the time, firing 13 rounds from a semiautomatic assault-style rifle on the Minneapolis Third Precinct police station during George Floyd protests.

The complaint details a series of messages exchanged between Hunter and other Boogaloo Bois members ahead of a planned trip to Minnesota in late May, when Minneapolis and St. Paul saw widespread arson, rioting, and looting, partly in response to the police custody death of Floyd.

“Lock and load boys. Boog flags are in the air, and the national network is going off,” said one of several May 27 messages posted by an admitted Boogaloo Bois member from North Carolina with whom Hunter communicated as both men departed for Minnesota. Other messages exchanged, and cited in the complaint, paint a picture of tactical and logistical communications leading up to and following an incident in which someone, allegedly Hunter, fired 13 rounds from an AK-47 style semiautomatic rifle into the Minneapolis Third Police Precinct building.

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Prosecutors say video shows Hunter firing 13 rounds from a semiautomatic assault-style rifle on the Minneapolis Third Precinct police station.

The gunman was captured on security cameras, the complaint says, with footage showing the shooter walking up to the camera and high-fiving other individuals before shouting “Justice for Floyd!” The police building was later overrun by demonstrators and severely damaged by fire.

“A cooperating defendant has identified HUNTER as the individual who fired an AK-47 style rifle at the precinct building during the evening hours of May 27,” Bujold wrote in the affidavit. “This person informed investigators that at the time HUNTER fired the shots, there were other people believed to be looters still inside the building.”

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A police precinct in Minneapolis went up in flames late on May 28 as protests were underway following George Floyd’s death.

Investigators found Hunter sent messages several days later to an associate, writing, “My mom would call the fbi if she knew what I do and at the level I’m at w[ith] it.”

Hunter was arrested during a traffic stop on Oct. 21 in San Antonio, Texas, and made his initial court appearance the following day, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota.

“Several days after the traffic stop, federal agents became aware of HUNTER’s online affiliation with Boogaloo Bois member Steven Carrillo, who has been charged in the Northern District of California with the May 29, 2020, murder of a Federal Protective Service Officer in Oakland, California,” the attorney’s office said in a release.

The case falls under the scope of the Attorney General’s Task Force to Combat Violent Anti-Government Extremism, established earlier this year to help prosecute individuals and groups that commit violence in the name of an anti-government ideology.

As reported by GreatGameIndia earlier, these rioters also tried to bring down a plane with lasers. Exclusive footage from a surveillance plane during George Floyd protests in Minneapolis show protesters on ground trying to bring down the police patrol plane with lasers. Lasers are commonly used to distract or temporarily blind the pilots and surveillance instruments. The Minnesota State Patrol has opened an investigation on the use of laser and subsequent charges.

Boogaloo Bois Ivan Harrison Hunter affidavit

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6 COMMENTS

  1. And, they lucked out in having the incident they were waiting on pins and needles for, happen in a city, that had such a mayor A Fry running it, who told the cops to stand down, and let them burn down the 5th precent.

  2. This is either disinformation or the ones claiming to be Boogaloo bois are infiltrating provocateurs. Boogaloo Bois do not support rioting lefties and in fact they are responsible civilian militias that have been preparing to put down race riots and rampant criminality. They are also not militantly anti-government but actually support representative government and stable, local free enterprise. I am constantly amazed at the blatant misinformation of the main stream press. They really have a low opinion of the public intelligence.

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