Whereas white supremacists have been planning to rally in Charlottesville, the FBI’s counterterrorism unit recognized “black id extremists” as a rising menace, it has been revealed.
The FBI’s Home Terrorism Evaluation Unit, which dubbed the group BIE, stated “perceptions of police brutality towards African People spurred a rise in premeditated, retaliatory deadly violence towards regulation enforcement,” in response to an August three report obtained by Overseas Coverage.
Citing Michael Brown’s 2014 dying in Ferguson, Mo., because the catalyst, the FBI listed particular instances, saying it was “doubtless the BIE suspects acted in retaliation for perceived previous police brutality incidents”.
Amongst them was Micah Johnson, a former Military reservist who shot lifeless 5 Dallas cops throughout a peaceable protest towards police violence final yr.
There have been ninety eight regulation enforcement fatalities this yr thus far, in comparison with 102 throughout the identical interval final yr, in accordance with the Nationwide Regulation Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
Among the many fatalities in 2017, 36 have been firearms associated – down from forty four this time final yr – whereas the overwhelming majority have been attributed to visitors accidents, fires, sicknesses, and different causes.
As compared, 748 individuals have been shot and killed by police in 2017, in line with a database maintained by the Washington Submit.
The time period “black id extremists” seems to be a brand new time period, and a few contested the phrase for suggesting a cohesive, overarching ideology.
One former homeland safety official previous Overseas Coverage, “They’re grouping collectively Black Panthers, black nationalists, and Washitaw Nation.”
“Think about lumping collectively white nationals, white supremacists, militias, neo-Nazis, and calling it ‘white id extremists,” the official stated. “The race card is being performed right here intentionally.”
Malcolm Nance, a counterterrorism professional who served within the U.S. Navy, wrote on Twitter, “I practice regulation enforcement intelligence in counterterrorism throughout nation & “Black Id Extremism” does not exist. It is a made up time period.”
Black Lives Matter activist DeRay McKesson pointed to the FBI’s lengthy historical past of surveilling black activists, highlighted his personal private expertise…