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August 23, 2012 3

Extremist-Related Police Killings Continue to Mount

The recent shoot­ings in St. John the Bap­tist Parish in Louisiana, in which two offi­cers were killed and two more injured, high­light the con­tin­u­ing dan­ger domes­tic extrem­ists pose to offi­cer safety in the United States. Research by the Anti-Defamation League has found that at least one of the sus­pects has ide­o­log­i­cal lean­ings that would put him within the over­ar­ch­ing anti-government “Patriot” movement.

The Louisiana shoot­ings were unfor­tu­nately only the lat­est in a series of lethal encoun­ters in the United States between law enforce­ment offi­cers and domes­tic extrem­ists.  Ear­lier this year, six police offi­cers were shot, one fatally, in Ogden, Utah, after police entered a res­i­dence to exe­cute a search war­rant. Infor­ma­tion from the search war­rant affi­davit strongly sug­gests that the sus­pect, David Stew­art, was an anti-government extrem­ist.  In 2010, two peo­ple asso­ci­ated with the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment killed two East Mem­phis police offi­cers and wounded two other offi­cers in a pair of shootouts.

All in all, at least 28 offi­cers have been killed since 2001 in encoun­ters with extrem­ists from one move­ment or another. The killings have ranged from inci­dents in which police offi­cers were delib­er­ately tar­geted by extrem­ists to sit­u­a­tions in which police offi­cers hap­pened to encounter extrem­ists engag­ing in ide­o­log­i­cal or non-ideological crim­i­nal activity.

Over­whelm­ingly, the per­pe­tra­tors or sus­pects in these lethal inci­dents have been right-wing extrem­ists, adher­ents of one or another of the pri­mary white suprema­cist move­ments or anti-government extrem­ist move­ments active in the United States today.  This is part of a long-term trend since the 1980s, in which right-wing extrem­ists grad­u­ally replaced left-wing extrem­ists as the main source of extremist-related offi­cer killings in the United States.  Though the fig­ures here are solely for fatal­i­ties, anec­do­tal evi­dence sug­gests that the same trends hold for non-lethal extremist-related attacks on police offi­cers as well.

The resur­gence of right-wing extrem­ism in the United States since 2009 has undoubt­edly con­tributed to the level of vio­lence:  between 2009 and 2012, eight of nine extremist-related offi­cer deaths have been linked to right-wing extremists.

Among right-wing extrem­ists, anti-government extrem­ists have been the most lethal in recent years, per­pe­trat­ing or sus­pected of hav­ing per­pe­trated half of the extremist-related offi­cer deaths this cen­tury.  How­ever, white suprema­cists have slain nearly as many offi­cers in the same time period and, in a prac­ti­cal sense, rep­re­sent vir­tu­ally the same level of threat to offi­cer safety.

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August 17, 2012 33

Possible Extremist Connection to Louisiana Police Shootings

Two Louisiana sheriff’s deputies were killed on Thurs­day in LaPlace in two sep­a­rate but related inci­dents.  One or more of the sus­pects in the killings may have ties to extremism.

Terry Lyn Smith

The first shoot­ing inci­dent occurred at a Valero cor­po­ra­tion facil­ity, when a gun­man opened fire on a St. John the Bap­tist Parish sheriff’s deputy, wound­ing him.  Deputies fol­lowed a vehi­cle to a trailer park.  How­ever, another per­son exited a nearby trailer with an assault rifle and opened fire on the offi­cers.  Two deputies were killed and another was wounded.

Seven peo­ple have been arrested in con­nec­tion with the mur­ders:  Terry Lyn Smith, 44; Brian Lyn Smith, 24; Der­rick Smith, 22; Chanel Skains, 37; Kyle David Joekel, 28; Teniecha Bright, 21; and Brit­tney Keith, 23.  All except Keith and Skains have been charged with prin­ci­pal to attempted first degree mur­der of a police offi­cer.  Keith and Skains face charges of being acces­sories after the fact to attempted first degree mur­der of a police officer.

Reports emerged in early media cov­er­age from law enforce­ment sources that one or more of the peo­ple arrested may be involved with an extrem­ist group or move­ment, includ­ing pos­si­bly the extreme anti-government sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment.   Author­i­ties in Nebraska have said that Joekel was on an FBI watch­list.  Joekel is wanted in Nebraska and Kansas on mar­i­juana charges and on alle­ga­tion of mak­ing ter­ror­is­tic threats regard­ing attack­ing law enforce­ment offi­cers.  In June 2012, while still a fugi­tive, Joekel posted his resume as a welder and pip­efit­ter to an on-line jobs site, includ­ing an address and phone num­ber.  Terry Lyn Smith is also a pipefitter.

The sus­pects had recently been under police sur­veil­lance in DeS­oto Parish after the sheriff’s office had received reports of peo­ple at a trailer park enter­ing and leav­ing vehi­cles with assault weapons.  How­ever, they left the trailer park in June.

As of this writ­ing, no infor­ma­tion has emerged to clearly con­firm the alle­ga­tions of sov­er­eign cit­i­zen con­nec­tions, but one of the sus­pects, Terry Lyn Smith, has indi­ca­tors of anti-government extrem­ist lean­ings on his var­i­ous social net­work­ing pro­files.  In par­tic­u­lar, on a Myspace pro­file Smith lists, as either “heroes” or peo­ple he’d “like to meet,” Alex Jones, the Texas-based conspiracy-oriented and anti-government radio talk show host; Randy Weaver, the white suprema­cist at the cen­ter of the 1992 Ruby Ridge, Idaho, stand­off; and David Koresh, the leader of the Branch David­i­ans dur­ing the 1993 Waco, Texas, stand­off.   Those two stand­offs were the main sparks for the resur­gence of right-wing extrem­ism in the mid-to-late 1990s, includ­ing the Okla­homa City bombing.

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March 28, 2012 2

Alleged Cop-Killer May Be Anti-Government Extremist

Source: Ogden Standard-Examiner
In the lat­est twist to a deadly shootout that stunned the res­i­dents of Ogden, Utah, a recently revealed search war­rant affi­davit pro­vides evi­dence that sug­gests the defen­dant, Matthew David Stew­art, 37, may have been an anti-government extremist.
The shootout began on Jan­u­ary 4, 2012, after police launched a raid on Stewart’s res­i­dence to exe­cute a search warrant—an infor­mant had alleged he was grow­ing mar­i­juana (16 plants were report­edly later found).  Accord­ing to police, Stew­art hid, open­ing fire on offi­cers as they searched his res­i­dence.  Six offi­cers were hit, some more than once, and Ogden police offi­cer Jared Fran­com was wounded fatally.  Stew­art allegedly con­tin­ued fir­ing as the offi­cers fled the res­i­dence.  Police even­tu­ally wounded and sub­dued him in a back­yard shed. 
Stew­art was charged with aggra­vated mur­der, seven counts of attempted aggra­vated mur­der, and pro­duc­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance in a “drug free zone,” along with a dan­ger­ous weapons enhancement.
In March, author­i­ties released an affi­davit explain­ing the results of the search.  Accord­ing to the affi­davit, Stewart’s for­mer girl­friend said that Stew­art was “into” con­spir­acy the­o­ries and that he believed the fed­eral gov­ern­ment had no right to col­lect taxes (the pri­mary belief of the anti-government extrem­ist tax protest move­ment).  She claimed that he had not paid his own fed­eral or state taxes since 2005 and that, if he were “forced” to pay taxes, he would “kill IRS employ­ees.”  Accord­ing to the girl­friend, Stew­art claimed that Okla­homa City bomber Tim­o­thy McVeigh was “misunderstood.”
The affi­davit fur­ther claimed that police recov­ered “computer-generated doc­u­ments” related to anti-government extrem­ism, anti-police Web sites, Okla­homa City bomb­ing Web sites, instruc­tions for mak­ing potas­sium chlo­ride (used in explo­sives), and a map to the clos­est IRS build­ing (where Stew­art once worked as a secu­rity guard), among other items.  Accord­ing to the affi­davit, police also dis­cov­ered “what appeared to be the mak­ings of a bomb,” which were later removed and det­o­nated by the bomb squad. 
Last sum­mer, accord­ing to police, Stew­art had allegedly told some­one that if police ever raided him, he would “go out in a blaze of glory and shoot to kill.”  After the release of the affi­davit, a neigh­bor of Stewart’s told a local tele­vi­sion sta­tion that Stew­art had allegedly talked about mov­ing to Mon­tana and “get[ting] myself a compound.”
Offi­cer Fran­com was the first police offi­cer to have been killed by a sus­pected domes­tic extrem­ist since May 2010, when two West Mem­phis, Arkansas, offi­cers were killed by anti-government “sov­er­eign cit­i­zens.”  Since 2000, 27 police offi­cers have been killed in the United States by domes­tic extremists. 

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