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September 15, 2016

Black Nationalist Charged With Attacking Phoenix Police Officers

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In what may be the most recent attempt at violence against police officers by someone angry over the highly publicized police killings of black men across the United States in recent years, a Phoenix man allegedly rammed his vehicle into a trio of police officers standing outside a convenience store.

A police-obtained video from the incident, which occurred on September 12,  shows a vehicle allegedly driven by Marc LaQuon Payne, 44, circling the store parking lot, then accelerating towards the officers, two of whom were seriously injured by the vehicle.  The third received injuries while trying to arrest Payne.  One of the officers was serving his first day on the job.

Payne has been charged with three counts of attempted first-degree murder, five counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of resisting arrest.  Phoenix police believe that Payne deliberately targeted the police officers and had surveilled them for several minutes before acting.

Several social media accounts that apparently belong to Payne reveal that he has extreme black nationalist views and that he had also been angry over police shootings since at least the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014.   These profiles and postings do not reveal membership or affiliation with any specific groups, but do illustrate a liking or admiration for a variety of black nationalist extremist groups and causes, ranging from the People’s New Black Panther Party (different from the New Black Panther Party) to the Huey P. Newton Gun Club to a variety of Pan-African groups and causes.

Remarks on Payne’s social media accounts in 2015 reveal considerable antipathy towards whites, including statements about violence.  An April 2015 post asserts that “when the black man get [sic] ready to be free from whitey it will be war.”  In May, another post states that “ain’t no Caucasian going [to] give back what their ancestors stole so they just as guilty.”

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The most chilling comment came in June 2015:  “The Caucasian needs to be slaughtered like the pigs that they are right along with the niggas who serve and protect them.”

Payne has been ordered held without bond.

Other similar incidents in 2016 include the Baton Rouge shootings by Gavin Long, the black nationalist and sovereign citizen, and the Dallas shootings by black nationalist extremist Micah Johnson.

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July 18, 2013

Arizona Aryan Brotherhood Member Convicted Of Hate Crime For Threatening Phoenix Officer

A Phoenix jury on July 10, 2013, convicted a self-professed member of the Arizona Aryan Brotherhood, Brian Lee Harm, of one felony count of threatening the Phoenix Police Department officer who had arrested him for trespassing in August 2012.  The conviction included a hate crime enhancement.brian-lee-harm

According to the police report filed after Harm’s arrest, the officer encountered Harm while responding to a call about a white male waving his hands in the air and yelling at passing vehicles.   When the officer found him, Harm—who matched the description called in—was attempting to force open the sliding glass doors of a nearby office building.  The officer, and a second officer who soon arrived at the scene, spoke with Harm and eventually placed him under arrest for trespassing. 

Following his arrest, Harm became angry and abusive, soon lapsing into repeated crude ethnic slurs.  According to the officer, Harm’s rhetoric escalated, with Harm threatening to injure or kill the officer and to “make trouble” for all officers in the area.  When Harm stated that he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood (a reference to the Arizona Aryan Brotherhood, a large and violent white supremacist prison gang), the officer began recording Harm’s remarks.

Among the recorded remarks Harm made was a threat to “beat nigger children, too, I don’t fu–in’ care.”  Harm said that he would have “all my Brotherhood brothers” come to the neighborhood and “you’ll pay the ultimate price.”  He told the officer that “ni—rs won’t be safe in this neighborhood” and that “it’s gonna be tough to go out to dinner for you now.”  His remarks included many more similar comments, including additional threats.

Prosecutors charged harm with felony threatening or intimidating as well as assisting a criminal street gang.  In Harm’s July 2013 trial, the jury acquitted Harm of the assisting a gang charge but found him guilty of threatening or intimidating.  Furthermore, in the aggravation phase of deliberations, the jury found that the offense involved the infliction or threatened infliction of serious physical injury, that the defendant committed the offense with the intent to promote, further or assist criminal conduct by a criminal street gang, and that the offense was a bias crime (i.e., a hate crime).

Harm is currently in the Maricopa County Jail awaiting sentencing.

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