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‘Exact definition of racism’: Bill Barr blasted for inane remarks on police shootings of Black men

Attorney General Bill Barr is under fire for what many are calling his racist remarks related to police shootings of Black men. Barr appeared on CNN Wednesday evening and made highly controversial and often false comments about race.

Among the most controversial, Barr said there are cases where Black people are treated differently in the justice system, but, “I don’t think that’s necessarily racism.”

Barr also insisted that it’s “very rare for an unarmed African American to be shot by a white police officer.”

He added that it’s a “false narrative” that the “police are on an epidemic of shooting unarmed Black men,” “I don’t think [racism] is as common as as some people suggest,” and “If anything’s been baked in [to the system] it’s a bias toward non-discrimination.” That last remarks left many wondering what he meant.

Barr also insisted that systemic racism does not exist in U.S. police departments.

The article is full of righteously angry tweets about how Barr basically gave the exact definition of racism and said it was not racism.

Not just “a few bad apples”: U.S. police kill civilians at much higher rates than other countries

Police violence is a systemic problem in the U.S., not simply incidental, and it happens on a scale far greater than other wealthy nations.

Three years ago, an officer was filmed beating up a handcuffed Black man. Now, he’s the police chief.


Two Self-Described “Boogaloo Bois” Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support to Hamas

The Justice Department today announced a federal criminal complaint charging Michael Robert Solomon, 30, and Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22, with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (Hamas).

Solomon and Teeter, who were taken into custody yesterday evening, made their initial appearances earlier today before Magistrate Judge Tony N. Leung in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The defendants were ordered to remain in custody pending a formal detention hearing, which is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

“This case can only be understood as a disturbing example of the old adage, ‘The enemy of your enemy is your friend,’” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the National Security Division. “As alleged in the complaint, these defendants sought to use violence against the police, other government officials and government property as part of their desire to overthrow the government. While planning these activities, the defendants met individuals whom they believed to be members of the foreign terrorist group Hamas. Thinking that they shared the same desire to harm the United States, they sought to join forces and provide support, including in the form of weapons accessories, to Hamas. They failed. No matter what witch’s brew of ideological motivations inspire those who seek to engage in terrorist activity and harm our country and our fellow citizens, the National Security Division is committed to identifying and holding them accountable. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this case and ensuring that these defendants could not carry out their deadly plans.”

“Michael Solomon and Benjamin Teeter proclaim themselves to be members of the Boogaloo Bois, a group that espouses a violent ideology and an objective to overthrow the government. The defendants believed their anti-U.S. government views aligned with those of Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization, and actively developed plans to carry out violence in Minnesota and elsewhere,” said U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald. “Whenever extremist ideologies, regardless of their roots, move into the realm of violence, the FBI and its Joint Terrorism Task Force stands at the ready to prevent potentially deadly and destructive plots.”

“The FBI is committed to stopping acts of violence against law enforcement officers or anyone else in our communities. According to the criminal complaint, the defendants in this case were willing to work with Hamas, a foreign terrorist organization, in order to get money for potential acts of violence here in the U.S.,” said Jill Sanborn, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. “The FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office demonstrated that we will continue working with our law enforcement partners to detect and stop such activity and protect public safety.”

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, in late May of 2020, the FBI initiated an investigation into Solomon and Teeter, two members of the “Boogaloo Bois,” and a sub-group called the “Boojahideen.” The Boogaloo Bois are a loosely- connected group of individuals who espouse violent anti-government sentiments. The term “Boogaloo” itself references a supposedly impending second civil war in the United States and is associated with violent uprisings against the government.

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, during the civil unrest in the Twin Cities following the death of George Floyd, according to a witness, Solomon was openly carrying firearms in a residential neighborhood in Minneapolis. Solomon and Teeter interacted with the witness over the course of several days. The witness told FBI agents that Solomon and Teeter possessed firearms and substantial quantities of ammunition and that Solomon, Teeter, and other members of the Boogaloo Bois and Boojahideen discussed committing acts of violence against police officers and other targets in furtherance of the Boojahideen’s stated goal of overthrowing the government and replacing its police forces.

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, in early June, the FBI received information about Solomon, Teeter, and other members of the Boogaloo Bois and the Boojahideen through a confidential human source (“CHS”), whom the defendants believed to be a member of Hamas. In audio-recorded conversations, Solomon and Teeter expressed that Hamas shares anti-U.S. government views that align with their own views. Solomon and Teeter also expressed their desire to employ themselves as “mercenaries” for Hamas as a means to generate cash for the Boogaloo Bois/Boojahideen movement, including funding for recruitment and purchasing land for a training compound.

According to the allegations in the criminal complaint and law enforcement affidavit, Solomon and Teeter shared with the CHS, and another individual whom they believed to be a more senior member of Hamas (and who was actually an undercover employee of the FBI), their ideas about destroying government monuments, raiding the headquarters of a white supremacist organization in North Carolina, and targeting politicians and members of the media.

Solomon and Teeter also expressed their ability to manufacture unmarked parts for guns and create unregistered and untraceable weapons, including suppressors. On July 30, Solomon and Teeter delivered to the individual they believed to be a senior member of Hamas five suppressors and expressed their desire to manufacture additional suppressors and fully-automatic weapons for Hamas. Solomon and Teeter later negotiated with the individual a price of $1,800 for five additional suppressors. Solomon and Teeter also delivered to the individual a “drop in auto sear” (“DIAS”), a part designed and intended for use in converting a weapon to shoot automatically. Solomon and Teeter believed the suppressors and the DIAS would be used by Hamas overseas to attack Israeli and U.S soldiers.

This case is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew R. Winter, and Trial Attorneys George Kraehe and Phil Viti of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

This case falls with the purview of the Attorney General’s Task Force to Combat Violent Anti-Government Extremism. Launched in June 2020, the Task Force is dedicated to supporting the investigation and prosecution of any person or group who commits violence in the name of an anarchist ideology.

The charges contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Defendant Information:

Michael Robert Solomon, 30

New Brighton, Minn.


  • Conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (Hamas)

Benjamin Ryan Teeter, 22

Hampstead, N.C.


  • Conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (Hamas)


Download Complaint

For quick reference on Hamas👇

And the American boogaloos :point_down:

What the heck does this have to do with BLM? :point_down:


Good explainer…and wow, steer clear of all their violence for sure. Right and left extremists, bigtime, but only Antifa gets called out - Boogaloo Boys and Proud Boys not so much.

Yes, all are circulating around BLM movement and moving in to create mayhem and violence - not at all a part of the peaceful protests that had been occuring.


All the peaceful protests happening across the nation aren’t news apparently, so often we just see the violence between these group after in the after hours. It seems strange that the police are often left out of the conversation about extremist violence in these kinds of articles. Seems like they’d be the highest offenders.


The Proud Boys out to show their flag waving without identifying plates…not so proud then.


I just saw this thread and video about that:


The Law Enforcement Violence Trump Won’t Talk About

Law enforcement officers have used sharpshooters to maim people, swept protesters away in unmarked cars, and brutally attacked journalists, legal observers, and medics.


Naomi Osaka winner of the US Open wears a different mask with those people who tragically were murdered as a tribute to Black Lives Matter.

  • Breonna Taylor
  • Elijah McClain
  • Ahmaud Arbery
  • Trayvon Martin
  • George Floyd
  • Philando Castile
  • Tamir Rice

She’s out in front with this…:boom:


Matthew Beiber was arrested for burglary, stole the police car he was in, rammed it into several other police cars, led police on a chase, turned around & tried to RUN POLICE OVER, & never had a single bullet fired at him.

We live in 2 different Americas.


Article from August (and UK paper) revealing that the Compton police force has a lot of gang members. This weekend two cops where shot in an ambush-style shooting, and I can not help but wonder about what the motives were. Horrible situation…and reflects the virulent forces at play here.

A violent gang of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who call themselves “The Executioners” control a patrol station in Compton through force, threats, work slowdowns and acts of revenge against those who speak out, a deputy alleges in a legal claim.

Austreberto Gonzalez, a former Marine and a sheriff’s deputy since 2007, said in a notice of claim ahead of a planned lawsuit that the gang retaliated against him for months after he anonymously reported a fellow deputy for allegedly assaulting a coworker in February “to further the reputation of the gang”.

Mr Gonzalez later received a text message with a photo of graffiti at the station, he said. The graffiti allegedly said, “Art is a rat”.

On Tuesday, Councillor Michelle Chambers said she saw the graffiti at the station as recently as last week. It has since been removed, she said.

Ms Chambers said at a news conference that it’s unacceptable Compton residents are still dealing with reports of excessive force in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody last May.

Los Angeles County deputies are out of surgery after ambush shooting in Compton


Veterans Fortify the Ranks of Militias Aligned With Trump’s Views

The vast majority of veterans do not join militias, but some fast-growing militias have many veterans among their ranks.


DHS draft document: White supremacists are greatest terror threat

The documents are slightly different drafts of the same annual threat assessment, which is not yet published.


Breonna Taylor’s Family to Receive $12 Million Settlement From City of Louisville

In the aftermath of the botched police raid in which Ms. Taylor was killed, the city also agreed to institute changes aimed at preventing future deaths by officers.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After months of protests that turned Breonna Taylor’s name into a national slogan against police violence, city officials agreed to pay her family $12 million and institute reforms aimed at preventing future deaths by officers.

The settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the mother of Ms. Taylor, a young Black woman who was killed by white police officers in a botched raid last March, was expected to be announced Tuesday by her legal team and city officials.

The agreement they reached was relatively quick compared to other cases of police shootings, which have often dragged through court, taking years. It was sizable, with her family receiving more than double the amount paid to the relatives of Eric Garner, the New York man who died in a police chokehold in 2014. Most of all, it was unusual because of the range of reforms — a dozen in all — that the embattled city agreed to adopt in an effort to quell the protests here, which have left the downtown boarded up.

The policing changes would require more oversight by top commanders, and make mandatory safeguards that were common practice in the department but, for reasons that are unclear, were not followed the night of the March 13 raid.

“Based on at least 20 years of tracking these types of cases, I’ve never seen something life this,” said Christopher 2x, a community organizer who was the first person Ms. Taylor’s family turned to after her death. “The bottom line is the monetary amount, combined with the reforms, is unprecedented for us. In the past, it was monetary or nothing, and usually the city would fight you for years.”

Ms. Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician, died after her boyfriend mistook police officers for an intruder, as they rammed in the door of her apartment after midnight to execute a search warrant. He fired his handgun, striking an officer, setting off a response in which a torrent of bullets sliced through Ms. Taylor’s apartment and two adjoining ones, leaving her bleeding in her hallway.

There was no effort to render her aid, as the officers outside scrambled to get an ambulance for the wounded officer.

The protests began locally and have grown in volume and intensity. They have ravaged the downtown of Kentucky’s largest city, where businesses and government offices are boarded up. And the young woman’s death has burrowed deep into the national conversation: Both the former first lady Michelle Obama and the vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris called out her name at the Democratic National Convention last month, Oprah Winfrey bought dozens of billboards demanding justice for the young woman and W.N.B.A. players have placed her name onto their jerseys.

The top demand of the protesters who gather nightly in a downtown square has been that criminal charges be brought against the three white officers who shot into Ms. Taylor’s home. But because the officers were fired upon first, legal experts say their actions may be protected under Kentucky’s statute allowing the police to use lethal force in self-defense. For that reason, they say it is unlikely that a criminal inquiry underway by the state’s attorney general will result in charges against at least two of the officers, who were standing directly in front of Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when he opened fire first.

The same legal experts believe that only a charge of wanton endangerment could be brought against a third officer, whom the police department fired, citing reckless conduct. He left the formation at the door, ran into the parking lot and began blindly firing into the young woman’s window and patio door.

The results of the attorney general’s investigation are expected to be released soon. If no charges are brought, or if the charges are minor, the settlement announced this week may be the closest Ms. Taylor’s family comes to justice.

“This is a good first step,” said Sam Aguiar, one of the family’s lawyers. “The city obviously doesn’t have the power to bring charges which still rests in the hands of the attorney general. But what the city can do is change its police practices, and it can acknowledge through a settlement that a lot of things went wrong that night.”

He described the settlement as the largest in Louisville’s history for a police shooting. “It’s a marathon and this is the first mile,” he said.

Across the country, the largest publicly disclosed settlements in cases involving police killings have included a $38 million award to the family of a 23-year-old Maryland hairstylist, Korryn Gaines, who was killed inside her apartment during a standoff with the police, and $20 million to the family of a 40-year-old yoga instructor who was killed by an officer, when she approached his car in Minneapolis. A handful of other settlements have ranged from a high of $18 million to $13 million, but many families were forced to spend years litigating their loss in court.

The dozen reforms that were also part of the settlement come on the heels of substantive changes that have already been passed.

Months before the agreement was reached, the city passed “Breonna’s Law,” which banned the use of “no knock” search warrants which have been blamed for numerous fatalities across the country. That was the type of warrant issued for the search of Ms. Taylor’s apartment, allowing the police to punch in the door of her home without warning. It was one of five such warrants signed by a local judge that were carried out the same night, targeting a criminal drug syndicate operated by Ms. Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, a convicted drug dealer who had repeatedly been seen at her apartment in the months before the raid.

What the police had missed in their sloppy surveillance is that Ms. Taylor had broken up with her ex several weeks before the raid. The officers heading to her apartment that night were told in a pre-operational briefing that she was home alone, when she instead returned from a date night with her boyfriend, Mr. Walker, a licensed gun owner. And hours before the officers rammed in her door, the no-knock warrant was changed to a knock-and-announce, requiring the officers to knock and identify themselves as police, something that did not appear to have been done loudly enough, setting in motion the confusion that followed.

Mr. Walker later told police investigators that he reached for his gun, believing that Ms. Taylor’s ex was about to bust into their home.

Among the reforms are a requirement that commanding officers review and give written approval of all search warrants, a change that was instituted recently in Lexington, the second largest town in Kentucky, and which has led to a dramatic drop in the riskiest raids, said Peter B. Kraska, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University who is an expert on police reform.

The department has also agreed to overhaul how simultaneous search warrants are conducted, likely a result of the manner in which the five warrants were obtained for Ms. Taylor’s residence and four others used as “trap houses” by her ex-boyfriend.

An early warning system will be adopted to flag officers with disciplinary problems, a measure that seems aimed at Detective Brett Hankison, one of the three officers involved in the shooting, and the only one to be fired. Detective Hankison had received multiple complaints of excessive use of force as well as sexual misconduct, according to portions of his personnel file obtained by The Times.

And to promote better relations between the department and the community, officers will be encouraged to perform two hours of paid community service each week and will receive housing credits to encourage them to live in the neighborhoods they police, according to a summary provided by Mr. Aguiar.

Many of the changes appear aimed at addressing the specific lapses that led to Ms. Taylor’s death: It will now be mandatory for ambulances to be idling nearby when the police conduct a search. Although it was common practice to do so, an ambulance was initially sent to Ms. Taylor’s residence before the raid, only to be canceled and sent elsewhere in the hour before police officers beat down her door. The lawsuit filed on behalf of her family claimed she was alive and bleeding for up to six minutes after the shooting, but received no medical care, in part because no ambulance was nearby.

But one of the enduring problems of police reform is that — to date — police departments around the country have not been able to create a mechanism for enforcing changes. “It absolutely will make no difference if there is not a lot of follow-up and accountability,” Mr. Kraska said.


With all the protests occupying the country, and seeing the militia types, or radicals who create a different kind of havoc - inciting violence and zealously harming others - FBI’s Wray is trying to define who they consider the most dangerous. Certainly White Nationalists are within this group, and wondering which others they consider who might be ‘jihad’ like.

This is separate from what T or Barr may do to send in their unmarked police to ‘clean up the streets.’

FBI Director Christopher Wray says individuals who self-radicalize online and take advantage of readily available weapons pose the most significant threat domestically.

Wray was asked during a hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee what domestic group poses the greatest threat to the homeland, and whether it belongs to the political left or the right.

The FBI doesn’t see politics in that way, he said.

“We assess that the greatest threat to the homeland, to us here domestically, is not one organization, certainly not one ideology, but rather lone actors largely self-radicalized online who pursue soft targets using readily accessible weapons,” Wray said. "Those include both domestic violent extremists of a variety of sorts, as well as homegrown violent extremists who are motivated by foreign jihadist type sources."

Those two groups, Wray said, pose the greatest threat in part because of the difficulty of identifying them before they commit violence. The FBI director acknowledged that the bureau has pursued inquiries involving recent demonstrations but said it does based on peoples’ actions, not the causes they espouse.

When ideology leads someone to commit criminal acts, the FBI will not hesitate to take appropriate action,” he said.


More from Wray, that Russia is deep in ‘active measures’ in election and descriptions of those threats we should watch. He notes Antifa is NOT an organization, which purposefully sets T’s constant remarks about the Antifa threats as untrue.

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday described “very active efforts” by Russia to interfere in the 2020 election, primarily by working to damage former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Wray said Russians have been using social media, as well as “proxies, state media, online journals" and other vehicles to hurt Biden and what it views as anti-Russian factions in U.S. politics.

Wray’s assessment affirms the findings of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, which last month described Russia’s efforts to damage Biden and specifically identified Andriy Derkach, a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker who has met with President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as an agent of Russia’s influence operations.

Wray’s testimony to the House Homeland Security Committee affirmed that Russia is continuing to take an active role in the 2020 campaign with less than 50 days until Election Day. He offered no new specifics in the early-going of the hearing, but emphasized that the intelligence community has not seen evidence that Russia is reprising its 2016 attempt to target election infrastructure, such as voter databases.

In testimony to the Homeland Security Committee, Wray also diverged from Trump’s claim that “antifa” is a terrorist organization. Rather, Wray said antifa is “more of an ideology or a movement than an organization” and though there has been violence by some who self-identify as antifa, it has not appeared to be part of a central organization.

“Antifa is a real thing,” Wray said. “But it’s not an organization or a structure.”


Hundreds of Heavily-Armed Gun Activists Surround Michigan State Capitol

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Some Athens parents outraged over Black Lives Matter survey

Some parents are outraged after students were given surveys about the Black Lives Matter movement in a local high school.

According to Athens High School Parent Lynyrd Jenkins, his child was given a survey that contained some of the following questions:

Do Black lives matter?
Is BLM a domestic terrorist movement?
Does the BLM movement glorify thugs? Why or why not?
Does racism exist in the United States? Why or why not?
Is looting a form of protest?
Are all cops bad? Why or why not?
Should Derek Chauvin be charged with murder?
Should cops be able to shoot looters? (Ex: The Target situation)

Jenkins said he was shocked when his daughter came to him in tears about the survey assigned to her on Black Lives Matter. He said the survey was inappropriate for anyone of any age, let alone a teenager in high school.

“She was having trouble with a survey and I asked why and she showed me, well I could tell, it didn’t look like something an adult would put,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins says the students in the science class were asked to make surveys for the other students.

The survey mentioned above was reportedly approved by the teacher and given to the students.

“Once you start addressing subjects like that, in a manner that I want to say is not understandable yet. I was just appalled that the whole thing happened," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he’s confident that Athens High School will handle the situation, but thinks they may need to stay on top of issues that will affect minority students, especially right now.

“The community is not really like that," Jenkins said. “It’s just a couple of bad apples that I really think need to be dealt with.”

Athens School District Superintendent Scott Laird responded to our inquiry about the survey with this statement:

“We are aware of the situation and we are addressing it."

Jenkins said his daughter is still upset by the survey.

Jenkins said he has had issues at Athens High School related to race here and there, but they have always been addressed.

He hopes they can create an environment for students that is hate-free.


Trump’s father was a huge believer in eugenics. Trump himself LOVES to talk about his genes… and has been known to talk about Obama’s ‘genes’ also.

We all know what he means. And so do his followers.


Have one for the BLM Crisis thread:

A callback:


From the DOJ