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February 25, 2015 6

White Supremacist Gangs: A Growing Problem in Missouri

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Mis­souri white suprema­cist gangs

Mis­souri has had long expe­ri­ence with white suprema­cists rang­ing from neo-Nazis to the Ku Klux Klan, but in recent years a new threat has emerged in the Show Me state:   white suprema­cist prison gangs.   Some states have been plagued by such gangs for years, but until recently, Mis­souri had only a lim­ited expe­ri­ence with them.

Now, how­ever, there are a num­ber of white suprema­cist gangs active in Mis­souri, typ­i­cally emerg­ing in pris­ons and jails, then expand­ing onto the streets. These gangs com­bine the crim­i­nal know-how of orga­nized crime with the big­oted ide­ol­ogy of hate groups.

Law enforce­ment has been increas­ingly con­cerned about the spread of such gangs in Mis­souri. Unfor­tu­nately, recent events have jus­ti­fied that con­cern. On Jan­u­ary 26, 2015, a mem­ber of the South­west Honkies gang, Joshua Lee Hagood, shot a Spring­field police offi­cer in the head while police were inves­ti­gat­ing a sus­pi­cious van. The offi­cer sus­tained career-ending injuries. This was actu­ally the sec­ond offi­cer shoot­ing in Spring­field related to the gang. In 2013, Honkies mem­ber Mar­tin Potts wounded another offi­cer dur­ing a shootout before offi­cers fatally shot Potts.

Police have not been the only Mis­souri­ans at risk. In Feb­ru­ary, two South­west Honkies mem­bers, Aaron Williams and Austin Pierce, were charged with a hate crime after allegedly threat­en­ing to kill an African-American woman and her chil­dren while try­ing to break into her house. In Jan­u­ary, a mem­ber of the Joplin Honkies received a seven-year prison sen­tence for assault and aban­don­ing a corpse.

Gangs like the Joplin and South­west Honkies are grow­ing in Mis­souri. Accom­pa­ny­ing that growth is increased crime, typ­i­cally tra­di­tional crimes like home inva­sions or drug-related crime (gangs are often involved with the metham­phet­a­mine trade). Crim­i­nal gain tends to trump white supremacy, but gangs can engage in hate-related vio­lence, too. Gangs often embrace a cruder form of white supremacy than neo-Nazi or Klan groups, but have larger memberships.

There are five main white suprema­cist gangs oper­at­ing in Missouri:

  • Sacred Sep­a­ratist Group (SSG): The Anti-Defamation League first encoun­tered the SSG in 2005, but it has grown con­sid­er­ably in recent years. Like some of the other gangs, it orig­i­nated in the West­ern Mis­souri Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter. ADL has iden­ti­fied mem­bers of this fairly large gang from all over Mis­souri. SSG mem­bers have asso­ci­ated with mem­bers of all the gangs listed here.
  • Joplin Honkies: The Joplin Honkies orig­i­nated behind bars around the same time as SSG. Orig­i­nally, mem­bers called them­selves the Joplin Boys. The Honkies are con­cen­trated in south­west Mis­souri, espe­cially around Joplin and Spring­field.   The ADL has iden­ti­fied dozens of active mem­bers of the Joplin Honkies, but their true num­bers are higher. Off­shoot gangs include the South­west Honkies and the 417 Honkies.
  • Peck­er­wood Mid­west: Mem­bers of this gang have been iden­ti­fied in both east­ern and west­ern Mis­souri, as well as across the south­ern part of the state (Spring­field to Cape Girardeau). ADL has iden­ti­fied at least 34 mem­bers and asso­ciates of this gang, though again, actual num­bers are con­sid­er­ably higher.
  • Fam­ily Val­ues: Fam­ily Val­ues is a smaller gang and not all mem­bers are hard­core white suprema­cists (some even asso­ciate with non-whites). How­ever, a num­ber of iden­ti­fied mem­bers do use com­mon white suprema­cist sym­bols such as swastikas, SS bolts, 14 and 88. A num­ber of gang mem­bers live in or around St. Louis and Springfield.
  • Aryan Cir­cle (AC):The Aryan Cir­cle is not native to Mis­souri but to Texas, where it is one of the largest white suprema­cist prison gangs. It has expanded into a num­ber of other states, recently mov­ing into Mis­souri largely as a result of recruit­ment from Indi­ana and gang mem­bers from fed­eral prison who returned or moved to Mis­souri. ADL has iden­ti­fied at least 23 active mem­bers and asso­ciates of Aryan Cir­cle in Mis­souri, espe­cially in north­east Missouri.

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June 9, 2014 2

“Dawn of a New Day”: Las Vegas Shooter’s Final Message

The most recent entry on Jerad Miller’s Face­book, left on Sat­ur­day, June 7, is chill­ing: “The dawn of a new day. May all of our com­ing sac­ri­fices be worth it.”jerad-amanda-miller

Jerad Miller, along with his wife Amanda, are the two sus­pects who com­mit­ted sui­cide in a Las Vegas Wal­mart on Sun­day, after allegedly fatally shoot­ing two Las Vegas police offi­cers in a nearby restau­rant and a third per­son at the Wal­mart itself.

Based on their Inter­net writ­ings, Jerad and Amanda Miller were both right-wing anti-government extrem­ists of the “Patriot” move­ment vari­ety, believ­ing in all the com­mon militia-type con­spir­acy the­o­ries about the “New World Order,” includ­ing con­cen­tra­tion camps for Amer­i­cans, com­ing mar­tial law, and chem­trails, among others.

Some of Jerad’s post­ings in the months before the Las Vegas inci­dent seem to reflect a grow­ing rad­i­cal­iza­tion. In March, Jerad declared that he had “com­pro­mised enough” and that he was “pre­pared to die” for his con­vic­tions about free­dom and tyranny. “The day of your judg­ment will come,” he wrote, “not from my hand, for you will make me a martyr…Come for me, free me from your slav­ery. Give me the death a hero deserves. Help wake the masses to your cor­rup­tion and trea­son. I f*****g dare you!”

In April, Jerad Miller trav­elled to the scene of the Cliven Bundy stand­off, hop­ing that it “could be the next Waco and start of [the] rev­o­lu­tion.”   In early May, Miller claimed that “there is no greater cause to die for than lib­erty” and that he would will­ingly do so. “Death, in a sense is free­dom from tyranny,” he posted. Miller claimed that he and his wife “will not sub­mit to fas­cist rule” and “are will­ing to sac­ri­fice everything.”

Amanda Miller also had anti-government and con­spir­a­to­r­ial beliefs. “Every day I real­ize how more and more peo­ple are asleep and only a few of us are awake,” she wrote in 2012. “The gov­ern­ment is try­ing to take away our rights…only the few of us are will­ing to fight back.” Miller stated that she was “proud to be awake to see what[‘]s really going on.”

The anger that the Millers felt at the gov­ern­ment and police may have increased in 2013, when Jerad Miller had to serve a period of home con­fine­ment fol­low­ing a crim­i­nal inci­dent appar­ently involv­ing mar­i­juana. “Here I am,” he wrote about the con­fine­ment, “because the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of Amer­i­cans were a bunch of spine­less zom­bies.” Hope­fully, he wrote, “we can achieve free­dom with­out killing the older gen­er­a­tions off. It may come to that.”

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August 23, 2013 1

Plot To Kidnap, Kill Police Officers Uncovered in Las Vegas

Offi­cers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Depart­ment have arrested David Allan Brutsche, 42, and Devon Camp­bell New­man, 67, for allegedly plot­ting to kid­nap and kill police offi­cers in Las Vegas.david-allan-brutsche-sovereign-citizen

Accord­ing to police, the two sus­pects were adher­ents of the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment who sought to abduct a police offi­cer while the offi­cer made a traf­fic stop, then later kill him or her.    The two allegedly video­taped a police traf­fic stop in prepa­ra­tion and mod­i­fied a bed­room in a vacant home to cre­ate a makeshift cell in which a kid­napped offi­cer could be detained.  After “try­ing” the offi­cer in a court of their own mak­ing, they allegedly planned to kill the offi­cer and dis­pose of the body.  Both Brutche and New­man report­edly made state­ments in which they said they would be will­ing to shoot law enforce­ment officers.

How­ever, Brutsche and New­man were unaware that some of the peo­ple whom they thought were accom­plices were actu­ally police offi­cers con­duct­ing an under­cover inves­ti­ga­tion.  Police have charged them with con­spir­acy to com­mit mur­der, con­spir­acy to com­mit kid­nap­ping, and attempted first-degree kid­nap­ping with use of a deadly weapon. The sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment is extremely anti-government in nature and adher­ents of the move­ment have been involved in a num­ber of police killings and plots against police and gov­ern­ment offi­cials in recent years.

After her arrest, New­man, who for sev­eral years has been the local pub­lic rela­tions direc­tor for the Church of Sci­en­tol­ogy in Las Vegas, gave jail­house inter­views with local tele­vi­sion reporters in which she denied involve­ment in any plot to kid­nap or kill offi­cers, say­ing she only intended to video them.  The Sci­en­tol­ogy move­ment as a whole does not have any sig­nif­i­cant asso­ci­a­tion with the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen movement.

New­man told reporters that she met Brutsche while he was giv­ing out water bot­tles on the Las Vegas strip in exchange for dona­tions.  Police have, in fact, arrested Brutsche more than once for obstruc­tive use of a pub­lic side­walk and oper­at­ing with­out a busi­ness license.  On a more seri­ous note, Brutsche is a reg­is­tered sex offender with felony con­vic­tions in Cal­i­for­nia for inde­cent expo­sure and las­civ­i­ous acts with a three-year-old child.

In Octo­ber 2012, Brutsche filed a sov­er­eign cit­i­zen “Affi­davit of Sta­tus” with the Clark County Recorder’s Office in which he declared him­self as “one of the peo­ple of these united [sic] States of Amer­ica” and a “liv­ing, breath­ing sen­tient human being on the land” exempt from “any and all iden­ti­fi­ca­tions, treat­ments, and require­ments as any ARTIFICIAL PERSON pur­suant to any process, law, code, reg­u­la­tion, ordi­nance, statute or any color thereof.”  In the doc­u­ment Brutsche also declared that “pub­lic ser­vants” who vio­late their oaths of office “com­mit a Treason.”

Two months later, Brutsche filed a sec­ond doc­u­ment that seemed to antic­i­pate future encoun­ters with law enforce­ment.  The doc­u­ment, titled “Sched­ule of Fees for David Allen Brutsche,” listed fees Brutsche would appar­ently attempt to charge police for any inter­ac­tion with him.  For exam­ple, the fee for “speak­ing to a cop” was “20 min­utes for free” then $200 per hour.  If some­one impounded his vehi­cle, the fee was “$2000 or 1 troy ounce of gold plus cost of recov­ery and any damages.”

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