2 Men Linked to 'Boogaloo' Movement Were Just Charged in the Murder of a Federal Officer - 2020-06-16
The suspected homicide of a federal security officer was framed as evidence of escalating lawlessness across the country in conjunction with the widespread protests against police brutality since George Floyd's death. In fact, it may have been yet another example of how "Boogaloo Bois" are showing up to the protests to escalate tensions in hopes of sparking a violent encounter with law enforcement, and ultimately, civil war.
"Boogaloo" is code for civil war, and adherents of this insurgent ideology tried to position themselves as allies to Black Lives Matter over their shared opposition to law enforcement. But "Boogaloo Bois" reject the fact that police brutality disproportionately impacts communities of color. Their opposition to police is rooted in deadly standoffs between anti-government extremists and federal agents, like in Ruby Ridge and Waco.
On Tuesday, federal prosecutors announced charges against Robert Alvin Justus Jr., 30, and Air Force Staff Sgt. Steve Carrillo, 32, in connection with the May 29 ambush on the federal officers. Carrillo was already in custody for allegedly killing a sheriff's deputy a week later.