Who Are Boogaloo Bois?
It’s possible that this newest anti-government movement poses the greatest threat. A 32-year-old US Air Force sergeant from California named Steven Carrillo has been accused of killing two police officers, one in Santa Cruz and the other in Oakland, during the George Floyd demonstrations. The name of the group is a nod to the 1984 bad film Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo. Since then, the phrase “Electric Boogaloo” has become a common online joke about a mediocre sequel.
Boogaloo Bois Arrested
The FBI reported that an extremist “Boogaloo Bois” from Ohio was detained on suspicion of making death threats against federal investigators and bragging online about his arsenal of weapons, which included a grenade launcher. An FBI Cleveland office representative confirmed that agents from the Cleveland Division successfully detained Sandusky resident Aron McKillips, 29, on Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint, McKillips was actually a “well-known” member of the famous “Boogaloo Boys” or “Boogaloo Bois,” an anti-government extremist group which encourages a violent uprising against liberal political opponents and law enforcement officers.
What Did The Complaint Say?
According to the complaint, McKillips had been sending remarks since at least early 2021 that implied or directly threatened to harm the government or federal officials. He is said to have written, “Ain’t got a federal badge off a body yet, so my time here ain’t near done yet haha,” haven a message posted in an actual private chat on September 1, 2021, according to the complaint. When he wasn’t doing that, according to the authorities, he was frequently talking about guns, boasting about converting semi-automatic weapons into fully automatic machine guns and claiming to be in Michigan “literally handing out machine guns” to other Boogaloo members. He also traded weapons and firearm accessories.
The term “boogaloo” is often used to describe a loosely structured radical organisation that favours a second American Civil War. The movement’s adherents, often referred to as the Boogaloo Boys or Bois, have strong pro-gun, virulently anti-government, and frequently racist attitudes.
When some of its members took advantage of the 2020 George Floyd demonstrations against racism and police brutality, the boogaloo movement attracted prominence. Members of the boogaloo espouse radical, aggressive, anti-police, and anti-government beliefs, unlike the majority of protesting activists.
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