On Sept. 30, a Texas man pled guilty to a federal riot charge, admitting that he went to Minneapolis after George Floyd died to cause mayhem.
On May 28, 2020, Ivan Harrison Hunter, 24, admitted he came from the San Antonio area to Minneapolis following Floyd’s murder and fired 13 rounds at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct building with an AK-47 style semiautomatic weapon.
In the days following Floyd’s murder on May 25, protesters gathered outside the building. On the night of May 28, demonstrators flung pebbles at the precinct’s windows, setting it on fire.
Hunter, wearing a skull mask, is shown giving someone a high-five after firing the bullets and yelling, “Justice for Floyd!” on video obtained that night.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, looters were believed to be inside the building at the time, but no one was hurt by gunfire.
Ivan is a self-declared member of the Boogaloo Bois, an anti-government far-right extremist organisation. Members of the organization were seen carrying weapons and donning Hawaiian shirts and tactical gear at Black Lives Matter marches across the country in 2020.
Boogaloers think that a second civil war, known as the “boogaloo,” is on the horizon, and that it will culminate in the toppling of a corrupt political system.
The Boogaloo Bois have a history of exploiting tensions and sowing disorder in order to incite more violence. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the phrase “boogaloo” has been used as an open demand for a race war in some circumstances.
Hunter was identified as the shooter after federal officials noticed him wearing the same skull mask in a Facebook photo. Hunter brags on social media about his actions after the rally, saying he “helped the people burn down that Minneapolis police station.”
Hunter was the third Boogaloo Boi to be charged in relation to the protests in Minneapolis.
After Floyd’s death, he connected with other members of the group via Facebook, saying that he was headed to Minneapolis and was “72 hours out,” in response to a Minnesota-based member’s request for a “headcount.”
Hunter acknowledged to firing at the building and assisting to set it on fire, according to an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In October 2020, he was charged with taking part in the riot and faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail.
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