The FBI describes the gang Proud Boys as an “extremist group with ties to white nationalism” in a report equipped to journalists via regulation enforcement within the state of Washington.
This marks the first time the American public has noticed the country’s most sensible regulation enforcement company formally call the self-described “western chauvinist group” an extremist group.
‘Proud Boys’ is maximum lately easiest recognized for operating round Manhattan terrifying individuals who are not white. The hate crew was once based via Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes, who assists in keeping announcing they are now not white nationalist, white supremacist, or “alt-right,” in spite of plentiful proof on the contrary.
From the Guardian document at the Washington state police report:
The report additionally says: “The FBI has warned local law enforcement agencies that the Proud Boys are actively recruiting in the Pacific north-west”, and: “Proud Boys members have contributed to the recent escalation of violence at political rallies held on college campuses, and in cities like Charlottesville, Virginia, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.”
The document, and the FBI’s caution to south-west Washington police businesses concerning the Proud Boys’ position in escalating violence at those occasions got here in August, two months before the gang was once thinking about an notorious weekend of boulevard violence in New York City and Portland, and now not lengthy after they participated in boulevard violence in downtown Portland on 30 June.
The report, equipped to the Guardian via the government transparency non-profit Property of the People, was once a part of an inside affairs investigation right into a probationary deputy within the Clark county sheriff’s division.
The former clark county deputy, Erin Willey, was once fired ultimate July after a photograph of her dressed in a “Proud Boys Girls” sweatshirt was once printed via the Vancouver, Washington newspaper the Columbian. The Proud Boys Girls is the feminine auxiliary of the men-only crew based via McInnes in 2016.
The creator of the report, headquarters commander Michael McCabe, is in control of inside affairs, coaching, background investigation and courthouse security within the Clark county sheriff’s division.
After confirming the authenticity of the report, he advised the Guardian in a phone interview that the FBI’s classification of the Proud Boys as an extremist crew was once printed to him in “a briefing we were given by the FBI” on 2 August, at Clark county’s west precinct.
The briefing incorporated company heads from local regulation enforcement, and in it the FBI stated that they “have been warning [local law enforcement] for a while” concerning the Proud Boys, “not just in Washington but around the nation”.
The briefing including the Proud Boys was once delivered via an FBI analyst, consistent with data forwarded to the Guardian via McCabe.
SPLC has extra on Proud Boys right here. Photo courtesy SPLC.
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