'Domestic terrorist actors' could exploit Floyd protests, DHS memo warns - 2020-06-01
Anarchist and militia extremists could try to exploit the recent nationwide protests spurred by the death of George Floyd, the Department of Homeland Security warned in an intelligence note sent to law enforcement officials around the country.
The memo, dated May 29 and marked unclassified/law enforcement sensitive, cites "previous incidents of domestic terrorists exploiting First Amendment-protected events" as one reason for DHS' concern of additional targeted violence by "domestic terrorist actors."
It also reveals, citing the FBI, that on May 27, two days after Floyd's death, "a white supremacist extremist Telegram channel incited followers to engage in violence and start the 'boogaloo '— a term used by some violent extremists to refer to the start of a second Civil War — by shooting in a crowd." One Telegram message encouraged potential shooters to "frame the crowd around you" for the violence, the document said.