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November 5, 2012 0

Idaho White Supremacist Wounds Two Deputies in Shootout

Kyle Alan Batt, a 27-year-old white suprema­cist from Cald­well, Idaho, remains hos­pi­tal­ized fol­low­ing a shootout on Octo­ber 23 in which Batt allegedly shot two Canyon County deputies search­ing for him in con­nec­tion with an aggra­vated assault inves­ti­ga­tion. The shoot­ings are the lat­est in a string of nearly 30 shootouts between police and domes­tic extrem­ists in the United States since 2009.

The inci­dent began ear­lier in the day when Batt allegedly appeared at the home of a woman with whom he had been hav­ing a rela­tion­ship. Batt report­edly car­ried a firearm and made threats at the woman. The woman called Cald­well police, but Batt had already left the scene when offi­cers arrived.

Later, five Canyon County sheriff’s deputies went to a res­i­dence in Cald­well look­ing for Batt.  Batt allegedly opened fire at the offi­cers as they approached the house, hit­ting two of them before flee­ing. One offi­cer was able to return fire and hit Batt before he fled. A few hours later, deputies found Batt hid­ing in a nearby garage, at which point he report­edly tried to take his own life by shoot­ing himself.

One of the two wounded deputies remains in seri­ous con­di­tion; the other was treated and released with only minor injuries. Batt was listed in crit­i­cal condition.

Batt has a long crim­i­nal his­tory, includ­ing sev­eral drug con­vic­tions. He is also a white suprema­cist with a large “white power” tat­too stretched across his breast­bone. He has con­nec­tions with other white suprema­cists in the Nampa-Boise area, includ­ing mem­bers of the Ham­mer­skins racist skin­head group. The Ham­mer­skins’ pres­ence in this area has sig­nif­i­cantly increased in recent years and the Ham­mer­skins held their 2012 “Ham­mer­fest,” the group’s annual large white power music con­cert, in the Nampa-Boise area on Octo­ber 6, less than a cou­ple of weeks before the shootout.

Among the 100+ atten­dees at the Boise Ham­mer­fest was Brent Rack­ley, the band­mate of Ham­mer­skin Wade Page, who killed six peo­ple and injured more dur­ing a shoot­ing ram­page at a Sikh tem­ple in Wis­con­sin in August 2012. It is not known if Batt attended Hammerfest.

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September 20, 2012 1

Tattooed Shootout Suspect is White Supremacist

Alaskan Jason Bar­num has been charged with three counts of attempted mur­der fol­low­ing a mid-September shootout at an Anchor­age hotel in which Bar­num allegedly opened fire on police offi­cers inves­ti­gat­ing a string of bur­glar­ies (wound­ing one of them).

Fol­low­ing the mid-September arrest in Anchor­age, pho­tographs of Bar­num under­stand­ably went viral on the Inter­net.  Bar­num has many strik­ing tat­toos, espe­cially on his head, where a skin­less jaw is tat­tooed on the right side of his face.  Most notable of all is Barnum’s right eye­ball, which is itself tat­tooed black.

Now, ADL research has uncov­ered evi­dence that Bar­num is also a white supremacist.

Bar­num has at least two white suprema­cist tat­toos on his body:  a curved swastika and the white suprema­cist ver­sion of the Celtic Cross.  He has also worn white suprema­cist jew­elry, such as a neck­lace with a swastika super­im­posed on an Iron Cross, which appears on Bar­num in a pic­ture he posted to his Face­book pro­file in 2011.

In com­ments on other people’s Face­book pro­files, Bar­num has used com­mon white suprema­cist codes such as “1488” (the 14 stands for the “Four­teen Words” white suprema­cist slo­gan, while the 88 stands for “Heil Hitler”).  Bar­num also includes as one of his Face­book “likes” the Broth­er­hood Motor­cy­cle Club, while one of his Face­book friends is a rank­ing mem­ber of that group.  The “Broth­er­hood” is short for the Aryan Broth­er­hood and the group is actu­ally an off­shoot of the Indi­ana Aryan Broth­er­hood that is active in Indi­ana and Oregon. 

Some of Barnum’s other Face­book friends are also white suprema­cists.  An exam­i­na­tion of these indi­vid­u­als and their rela­tion­ships to Bar­num and each other reveals that most or all of them knew Bar­num from shared time spent at the max­i­mum secu­rity Spring Creek Cor­rec­tional Cen­ter in Alaska, where they seem to have com­posed a small white suprema­cist prison clique.

Last Jan­u­ary, Bar­num com­plained on his Face­book pro­file that “[too] many peo­ple like to look at me & all­ways [sic] think that im about to do them harm.  When on the real im a friendly guy.”

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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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