jeremiah barnum » ADL Blogs
Posts Tagged ‘jeremiah barnum’
February 24, 2012 0

Denver-area Shooting Latest in String of Extremist-Related Violent Confrontations with Police

 Police inves­ti­gat­ing a stolen vehi­cle in the Den­ver sub­urb of Engle­wood on Feb­ru­ary 23, 2012, unex­pect­edly found them­selves fac­ing an armed white suprema­cist with a his­tory of violence—an encounter that even­tu­ally turned fatal. 
Jere­miah Barnum’s Col­orado Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions photo
Source: Den­ver Westword
Ear­lier that day, Engle­wood police took two sus­pects into cus­tody in con­nec­tion with an allegedly stolen vehi­cle. Two offi­cers remained behind to fin­ish up paper­work, when they allegedly spot­ted a vehi­cle parked nearby whose dri­ver was a “known asso­ciate” of the arrested sus­pects. The dri­ver, later iden­ti­fied as Jere­miah Bar­num, a long-time white suprema­cist with a his­tory of vio­lence, allegedly threat­ened police, who report­edly noticed that he had a “weapon” in his waist­band (a gun was later found in the car). Accord­ing to offi­cers, Bar­num “made a move like he was reach­ing for a gun” and the offi­cers opened fire, wound­ing Bar­num fatally.  An inves­ti­ga­tion into the shoot­ing is pending.
In 1997, Bar­num had briefly been infa­mous in Den­ver, after he and another white suprema­cist, Nathan Thill, were arrested for the bru­tal hate crime mur­der of an African immi­grant, Oumar Dia. Thill even­tu­ally pleaded guilty in return for a sen­tence of life with­out parole. Bar­num was ini­tially con­victed of mur­der, but his con­vic­tion was over­turned by a judge. He even­tu­ally pleaded guilty to acces­sory to mur­der and received a 12-year sen­tence. Dur­ing his stint in prison, he fre­quently appeared on lists of “Aryan Pris­on­ers of War” cir­cu­lated by white suprema­cists to get sup­port for impris­oned fel­low racists. He also became a mem­ber of the 211 Crew, a Colorado-based racist prison gang (Thill also became a 211 Crew member).
This shoot­ing inci­dent was merely the lat­est in a long string of con­fronta­tions across the coun­try in which shots were fired between police and adher­ents of extrem­ist move­ments.  Since 2009, ADL has iden­ti­fied some 24 such inci­dents, most of them related to white suprema­cists or anti-government extremists. 
The bulk of the inci­dents involved actual shootouts or exchanges of fire between police and extrem­ists, while a hand­ful of inci­dents were officer-involved shootings—typically after extrem­ists attempted to draw weapons on the offi­cers (or, in one instance, actu­ally attempted to fire at police, only to have the gun jam). Six police offi­cers have died in such con­fronta­tions, as well as a num­ber of extrem­ists, while oth­ers have been wounded or injured.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,