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Rioters on the front steps of the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021
The Effort to Overturn the Election
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It was 2:20 p.m. on June 6, 2020, and Steven Carrillo, a 32-year-old Air Force sergeant who belonged to the anti-government Boogaloo Bois movement, was on the run in the tiny mountain town of Ben Lomond, California.
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With deputy sheriffs closing in, Carrillo texted his brother, Evan, asking him to tell his children he loved them and instructing him to give $50,000 to his fiancée. “I love you bro,” Carrillo signed off. Thinking the text message was a suicide note from a brother with a history of mental health troubles, Evan Carrillo quickly texted back: “Think about the ones you love.”
In fact, Steven Carrillo had a different objective, a goal he had written about on Facebook, discussed with other Boogaloo Bois and even scrawled out in his own blood as he hid from police that day. He wanted to incite a second Civil War in the United States by killing police officers he viewed as enforcers of a corrupt and tyrannical political order — officers he described as “domestic enemies” of the Constitution he professed to revere.
Text messages between Steven Carrillo and his brother Evan shortly before Carrillo allegedly killed a deputy sheriff.
Credit:(Courtesy of Evan Carrillo)
Now, as he texted with his brother and watched deputies assemble so close to him that he could hear their conversations, Carrillo sent an urgent appeal to his fellow Boogaloo Bois. “Kit up and get here,” he wrote in a WhatsApp message that prosecutors say he sent to members of a heavily armed Boogaloo militia faction he had recently joined. The police, he texted, were after him.
“Take them out when theyre coming in,” the text read, according to court documents.
Minutes later, prosecutors allege, Carrillo ambushed three deputy sheriffs, opening fire with a silenced automatic rifle and hurling a homemade pipe bomb from a concealed position on a steep embankment some 40 feet from the deputies. One deputy was shot dead, and a second was badly wounded by bomb shrapnel to his face and neck. When two California Highway Patrol officers arrived, Carrillo opened fire on them, too, police say, wounding one.
“The police are the guard dogs, ready to attack whenever the owner says, ‘Hey, sic ’em boy,’” Carrillo said in an interview, the first time he has spoken publicly since he was charged with murdering both the deputy sheriff in Ben Lomond and, a week earlier, a federal protective security officer at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Oakland.
When Carrillo was finally subdued on June 6, cellphone footage captured him shouting at deputies as they led him away, “This is what I came to fight — I’m sick of these goddamn police.”
+ Insecure, Frustrated Bully With Something To Prove Considering Career In Law Enforcement
The moody, temperamental ball of repressed rage says he would like to serve and protect one day.
RALEIGH, NC—Calling it his lifelong dream, local man Brendan Lockhart, an insecure and perpetually frustrated bully who believes he has something to prove to the world, told reporters Thursday that he is seriously considering a career in law enforcement.
Lockhart, a recent high-school graduate who sources confirmed is plagued by resentment, self-doubt, unexpected fits of rage, and has always had a penchant for tormenting those who are smaller and weaker than him, explained that he feels he is well suited to serve as a police officer.
“I’ve always wanted to be a cop,” said Lockhart, whose paranoia and inferiority complex constantly haunt him, leading him to lash out at others in order to convince them he is in control. “I know it’s a tough line of work, but I think I’ve got what it takes to earn my shield and get out there and keep the peace.”
“This is the job I was born to do,” continued the man whose main goal in life is to prove to others that he is strong, confident, and not afraid.
Friends and family confirmed that Lockhart, an unpredictable, petty individual who frequently loses his temper when he feels he is being threatened or disrespected, has in recent months been inquiring into joining the ranks of the Raleigh Police Department. In this role, the man with a massive chip on his shoulder and no visible sense of empathy would be tasked with peacefully resolving disputes and evenhandedly administering justice to members of the community over whom he would have official power.
Specifically, sources speculated that should Lockhart successfully complete the 17-week officer training program and cursory psychological examination necessary to become a cop, the 18-year-old, who suffers from feelings of inadequacy and frequently explodes in emotional outbursts against people he perceives to be mocking him, would on a daily basis be placed in delicate situations requiring extreme patience and sound judgment.
“My dad’s encouraging me to go to the academy, and he says that once I graduate I can probably get a job around here,” said Lockhart, referring to the man whose own lack of compassion and propensity for inexplicable violence is largely to blame for similar patterns in his son, and who is himself a veteran police officer. “Once I’m a cop, I’m going to do what I have to do to make sure these neighborhoods stay safe.”
“I bet a lot of people don’t think I can do it, but I’ll show them,” continued the man who could in six months’ time possess both a standard-issue firearm and the city-sanctioned authority to unholster and fire the weapon.
When pressed for further comment, sources close to the man who hopes to play an active role in protecting his community confirmed that Lockhart constantly goes out of his way to intimidate and belittle those people he knows are too submissive to fight back. The 18-year-old often fantasizes at length about getting revenge on those he believes have wronged him. When frustrated or enraged with his own general powerlessness in the world, he reportedly has a tendency to take out these emotions on the first person he comes across, with little or no provocation. Lockhart routinely gets in screaming arguments with others and must be physically restrained as his anger reaches a white-hot pitch, frightening all around him. A devoted fan of mixed martial arts, Lockhart is capable of watching YouTube videos of people being pummeled senselessly for hours at a time.
Sources also felt it bears mentioning that Lockhart is an impassioned and unapologetic racist.
When asked to outline his motivations for entering the field of law enforcement, the perpetually infuriated bully who could very soon be responsible for the security and well-being of thousands of innocent people explained that he feels a personal obligation to do whatever necessary to safeguard society.
“There’s a lot of bad people out there who think they can get away with doing whatever they want, and someone has to stop them,” said Lockhart, his hands unconsciously closing into tight fists. “So if I don’t step up and show everyone who’s boss, who will?”
“Plus, I’ve been talking to my buddies at the gym, and a bunch of them are gonna be cops too,” Lockhart continued. “It’ll be great.”
+ White Lives Matter' rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up
Brandy Zadrozny and Ellison Barber and Kailani Koenig
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'White Lives Matter' rallies flop as hardly anyone shows up
In semi-private, encrypted chats, neo-Nazis and other far-right extremists planned rallies in dozens of cities Sunday to promote their racist movements and spread their ideologies to larger audiences.
Hyped by organizers as events that would make “the whole world tremble,” the rallies ran into a major problem: Hardly anyone showed up.
The “White Lives Matter” rallies, the first major real-world organizing efforts by white supremacists since 2018, were planned on the encrypted app Telegram after many aligned groups were alleged to have taken part in the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S Capitol.
The poor showing underscores how the country’s unpopular and disorganized extremist movements have been driven underground by increased scrutiny from the media, law enforcement agencies and far-left activists who infiltrate their private online spaces and disrupt their attempts to communicate and organize.
Related: Reformed neo-Nazi explains how people fall prey to QAnon online
Few “White Lives Matter” marchers showed up Sunday, but anti-racist and anti-fascist groups gathered just the same.
In Raleigh, North Carolina, a small crowd of antifa and anti-racist protesters gathered at the park where the “White Lives Matter” march was planned. They marched around downtown behind a large white sign that read, “WE ACCEPT YOUR SURRENDER.”
The lackluster events were documented by livestreams and photos posted to Twitter.
In Philadelphia, activists tweeted photos of a counterprotest picnic with pizza and Tastykake snacks. In New York City, over a dozen counterprotesters stood seemingly unopposed across the street from Trump Tower, where a “White Lives Matter” rally was expected.
Police in downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, formed a circle around a lone protester to separate him from a large crowd of counterprotesters. Three protesters assembled around a “White Lives Matter” banner outside City Hall in Fort Worth, Texas, where a police line separated them from a couple of dozen counterprotesters.
Hundreds of counterprotesters, bystanders and media members gathered at a counterprotest at the scheduled start time of a “White Lives Matter” march at Huntington Beach Pier southeast of Los Angeles.
Throughout the afternoon, counterprotesters could be seen on several livestreams chanting “Unity and community” and “Black lives matter.” A few single protesters, one of whom wore a full hood and a T-shirt with a white supremacist slogan, were run off by the crowd, who yelled “Go home, Nazis!”
I *know* what my thing is...'CRAZYASS LOCATIONS' for Sex.
HIIIIIGH UP in a tree, for example.
A crazy pitched RoofTop.
Things like that.
Constriction Asphyxia Punishment.
My Last Girlfriend (she was a psychowild/hypercrazy/beautifully-flexible Pr0n5+4r, for sho', blessedly, heh); I always made sure to often give her at least 10 Orgasms every time we banged. We banged 15 Times one day, even. It was 10 a day usually, though.
QUESTION: "Do You Prefer Someone To Be Even Brutally-Frank With You Insofaras BEING HONEST With You Goes? Or Do You Maybe Admittedly Have 'Delicate Sensibilities' And You Actually Prefer Others To 'Sugarcoat' Their Words To You?"
+ Lancaster County man on FBI most wanted list in Capitol attack, footage shows
DAN NEPHIN | Staff Writer
A man who is wanted by the FBI and is shown on video pepper-spraying police and encouraging violence near the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 is a staunch Trump supporter from Ephrata, video and still footage shows.
LNP|LancasterOnline was able to identify the man by carefully comparing his social media posts to widely disseminated video and photos of the violent events that day, which followed a speech by then-President Donald Trump to thousands of his supporters in which he urged them to stop Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s victory in the November election.
Numerous videos and photographs now inaccessible on the man's Facebook page -- which an LNP|LancasterOnline reporter and editor relied on to report a Jan. 10 story about Lancaster County residents who went to Washington, D.C. -- show the man is Samuel Lazar, 35, a self-described entrepreneur.
The FBI posted a single photograph of a man believed to be Lazar on its website, identifying him only by the number 275 and urging the public to help identify him. In the photo, he is wearing a tactical vest and goggles, and his face is painted in a camouflage pattern; he’s also holding a megaphone. A patch on his vest bears the words from Psalm 144: “Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.”
People who know Lazar also identified the man in the FBI photo as him.
A man who answered a phone whose number is listed for Samuel Lazar on Tuesday said his name was David and hung up when an LNP|LancasterOnline reporter asked about the FBI photograph. When a reporter called the number again on Friday and Saturday, it went to voicemail with a male voice identifying himself as Sam. Messages and texts to the number were not returned. Notes left by a reporter at Lazar’s Ephrata apartment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday also were not returned. Phone and voicemail messages left for more than a half-dozen people believed to know or be related to Lazar were not returned as of Saturday evening.
It is not clear why the FBI is looking for Lazar, and he has not been charged with a crime linked to the Jan. 6 insurrection, based on a search of publicly available federal district court records for Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania as of Saturday.
Online state court records indicate Lazar pleaded guilty to a third-degree misdemeanor charge in June 2016 related to providing false information when trying to buy a gun in Millersville the year before. His attorney in that case said Friday that Lazar made a mistake on the federal background check form when answering a confusing question concerning prior convictions. Court records indicated Lazar pleaded guilty in 2013 in Lancaster County to low-level offense related to fighting and pleaded guilty in 2004 in Schuylkill County to criminal mischief and related charges.
The FBI site does not offer any description of the photo of Lazar other than to raise a plea for help in identifying participants in the Capitol violence; hundreds of other photos posted by the FBI include the same plea. Lazar’s picture was posted to the FBI’s page in late March, and the FBI tweeted it on March 25.
The FBI declined to say whether Lazar is the wanted man.
“The FBI does not comment on specific information or tips we may receive from the public; however, the tips we have received have been critical in furthering these investigations,” spokeswoman Christina Pullen said Thursday.
Pullen could not say how many people have been charged based on tips, because other factors may be involved in bringing charges.
“Information provided by the public is critical to furthering these investigations, and we encourage people to contact us,” she said. The agency asks that people who recognize anyone in photos on its site to call 1-800-CALL-FBI, or submit a tip to tips.fbi.gov.
+ A California police department fired an officer who was a former Proud Boy. He says it's unfair and he never saw any 'kind of racism' while he was affiliated with them.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Al-Arshani)
a group of people in uniform: Members of the Proud Boys gather in support of President Donald Trump and in protest the outcome of the 2020 presidential election near freedom plaza on December 12, 2020 in Washington, DC. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images
The Fresno Police Department fired an officer after learning he was affiliated with the Proud Boys.
Rick Fitzgerald told Insider that he was never interviewed as part of the investigation.
He said he left the group in November but never saw any "racism" when he first joined.
A California police department fired an officer from within its ranks because it was revealed he had been affiliated with the Proud Boys.
In a statement, Fresno Police Chief Paco Balderrama said officer Rick Fitzgerald was fired on Friday after an internal affairs investigation was launched last month when they became aware of online images and videos that showed Fitzgerald rallying with the Proud Boys at a November pro-Trump demonstration that turned violent.
"Such ideology, behavior, and affiliations have no place in law enforcement and will not be tolerated within the ranks of the Fresno Police Department," Balderrama said in the statement. "Public trust and accountability are paramount in our ability to fairly police this community."
1} I'm Infinitely-Grateful I've Been So Awesomely-Fortunate To Have Had So Much Time And So Many Years That My Forever-Beautiful Mom Timelessly-Blessed My Family With Her In Our Lives...
2} I'm Forever Grateful That We Still Have My Dad With Us...
3} I'm certainly grateful that (because I have by now seen a LOT of unbelievably-crazy Natural Disasters unfortunately hitting The East Coast, The West Coast, Other Countries, Etc.), where we currently live, we have been Very Fortunate thus far.
Believe It Or Not, laying down on your back with A Walking Cane Under Your Neck (maybe even for surprisingly long times) might help You.
I have actually used numerous other things like that. Even BaseBalls under the neck. A Brick (fold a towel over it first). A Steel Pipe. I even have a hard pillow I made; I purchased A Bag Of 48 Golf Balls that I fully put in a pillowcase and tied a knot to keep it in.
Under the neck and even the upper back.
Damn, it really helps My HeadBanger's Neck. Traction. Yup.
I have empirically-noticed that this particular Massage Tool (down below) helps that Shoulder Blade area back there if You sit at the sofa and Lean On The Backrest with the tool propped in-between. Yeah.