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August 9, 2016 Off

Oregon Police Save Woman Held Hostage by Armed White Supremacist

A SWAT team with the Glad­stone Police Depart­ment in North­west­ern Ore­gon res­cued a woman being held hostage by a bar­ri­caded white suprema­cist fol­low­ing a shootout with police.jeffreygiddingstattoos

The inci­dent began on August 8, 2016, when Jef­frey Carl Gid­dings, a con­victed felon and career crim­i­nal, fled on a bicy­cle from an offi­cer who was attempt­ing to stop him for a traf­fic violation.

A short time later, Gid­dings allegedly opened fire on a police sergeant who had located him in the park­ing lot of a Sub­way restau­rant.  The sergeant was struck in his bal­lis­tic vest and is report­edly in excel­lent condition.

Gid­dings then took a woman hostage and bar­ri­caded him­self in the Sub­way.  A respond­ing SWAT team tried to nego­ti­ate with Gid­dings, but he made demands and refused to give up.  Fear­ing for the hostage’s safety, the SWAT team shot Gid­dings and saved the woman. Gid­dings suf­fered a non-life threat­en­ing injury and was taken to the hospital.

Gid­dings’ face and body are cov­ered in tat­toos.  Many of them are sym­bols used by white suprema­cists includ­ing the words “Aryan Pride”, a Celtic Cross and “16/23,” a numer­i­cal code for PW or “peck­er­wood.”  Addi­tion­ally, Gid­dings has IPS tat­toos on both his neck and col­lar­bone area which is the acronym for the Insane Peck­er­wood Syn­di­cate, a white suprema­cist prison gang with mem­bers in Ore­gon and Washington.

This is the sec­ond shootout in the United States between police and domes­tic extrem­ists this month, and the ninth so far this year.

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September 1, 2015 Off

Deadly Violence, Plots Mark Right-Wing Extremist Courtroom Dramas

Judges and juries in Kansas, Cal­i­for­nia and Geor­gia have ruled in a trio of impor­tant crim­i­nal cases involv­ing white suprema­cists, anti-government sov­er­eign cit­i­zens, and mili­tia groups who engaged in vio­lence or conspiracies.

Brent Douglas Cole

Brent Dou­glas Cole

On Mon­day, August 31, a jury in Olathe, Kansas, con­victed long-time white suprema­cist Fra­zier Glenn Miller (also known as Fra­zier Glenn Cross) on cap­i­tal mur­der, attempted mur­der, assault and weapons charges for his 2014 shoot­ing attack that killed three at Jew­ish insti­tu­tions in the Kansas City sub­urb of Over­land Park.

Miller, who defended him­self, attempted to argue dur­ing his trial that he was jus­ti­fied in killing Jews, because they were com­mit­ting “geno­cide” against white peo­ple. After the jury read its ver­dict, Miller shouted “Sieg Heil,” while giv­ing a Nazi salute.

In fed­eral court in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, mean­while, another extrem­ist learned of his fate. Brent Dou­glas Cole, an adher­ent of the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment, received a 29-year, seven-month sen­tence for his role in a shootout in 2014. Sov­er­eign cit­i­zens believe that the gov­ern­ment is ille­git­i­mate, because a con­spir­acy long ago sub­verted the orig­i­nal gov­ern­ment and replaced it with a tyran­ni­cal one, and that it has no author­ity over them.

In June 214, a Bureau of Land Man­age­ment ranger dis­cov­ered Cole had set up a camp­site on pub­lic land and had a motor­cy­cle at the camp­site that had been reported stolen. When the ranger and a Cal­i­for­nia High­way Patrol offi­cer attempted to impound that motor­cy­cle, as well as one with expired tags, Cole con­fronted the offi­cers. When one attempted to place hand­cuffs on Cole, the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen opened fire on the offi­cers, injur­ing both of them, before sub­se­quently giv­ing him­self up. He was con­victed in Feb­ru­ary 2015 of assault on a fed­eral offi­cer which inflicted bod­ily injury and other charges.

Finally, a fed­eral judge in Atlanta, Geor­gia, sen­tenced three mem­bers of a mili­tia group to prison after they pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to use weapons of mass destruc­tion. Brian Can­non, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson were mem­bers of a north Geor­gia mili­tia cell that plot­ted ter­ror­ist attacks against the Fed­eral Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency and other gov­ern­ment tar­gets, hop­ing that the gov­ern­ment would over-react and, in turn, cause mili­tia groups around the coun­try to rise up in arms.

After an asso­ciate of the three men alerted the FBI to the plot­ters’ inten­tions, the FBI set up a sting oper­a­tion. After Peace told the infor­mant that he needed ther­mite charges and pipe bombs, the infor­mant offered to get the explo­sives for him. In Feb­ru­ary 2014, FBI agents arrested the trio of mili­ti­a­men as the received the (inert) explo­sive devices from the infor­mant. Their would-be rev­o­lu­tion was thwarted.

In many respects, these three inci­dents col­lec­tively high­light the major dan­gers com­ing from the extreme right in the 21st Cen­tury. Miller engaged in a deadly attack directed against Jews, a per­ceived “racial enemy.” The shoot­ing spree pre­saged the even more deadly attack against African-Americans by Dylann Storm Roof in June 2015. Cole engaged in unplanned, spon­ta­neous vio­lence against law enforce­ment officers—one of the major threats posed by the sov­er­eign cit­i­zen move­ment. And the mili­ti­a­men in North Geor­gia engaged in a con­spir­acy to attack gov­ern­ment tar­gets; just the lat­est in a long series of such plots and con­spir­a­cies stem­ming from the mili­tia movement.

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March 22, 2013 2

Texas Police Shoot White Supremacist From Colorado

A mem­ber of the 211 Crew, a Colorado-based racist prison gang, was shot and mor­tally wounded by police on March 21.  Police shot Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, of Den­ver, Col­orado, fol­low­ing a high-speed chase and shootout. 

The inci­dent began in Mon­tague County, Texas, when Deputy James Boyd was allegedly shot by Ebel, twice in the chest and once in the ear, dur­ing a rou­tine traf­fic stop.  Boyd, who was wear­ing body armor, suf­fered non-life-threatening injuries. 

Mem­bers from mul­ti­ple law enforce­ment agen­cies pur­sued Ebel, who allegedly fired his gun out the win­dow as he led police on a high-speed chase until he crashed into a semi-trailer truck on High­way U.S. 380 in Decatur.  Accord­ing to police, Ebel exited his vehi­cle after the crash and opened fire on police who returned fire, mor­tally wound­ing Ebel.

Ebel, a parolee from the Col­orado Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions, has a crim­i­nal his­tory dat­ing back to 2003 when he was con­victed of rob­bery.  He was also con­victed of assault­ing a prison guard in 2008.  Cur­rently, author­i­ties are inves­ti­gat­ing Ebel’s pos­si­ble con­nec­tion to two El Paso County, Col­orado, mur­ders which occurred ear­lier this week, includ­ing that of Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions Direc­tor Tom Clements. 

Ebel is the sec­ond 211 Crew mem­ber killed by police in just over a year.  In Feb­ru­ary 2012, Jere­miah Bar­num of Engle­wood, Col­orado, was shot and killed by police after he allegedly ignored an officer’s orders to stop, and instead reached for a gun in his waist­band.  Bar­num, who was a high rank­ing mem­ber of 211 Crew, was con­victed in 1999 of being an acces­sory after the fact to the race-based mur­der of a West African immi­grant in Denver.  

211 Crew Tattoo

The 211 Crew, named after the Cal­i­for­nia penal code for rob­bery, also known as the Aryan Alliance, was started in the Den­ver County Jail in 1995 by Ben­jamin Davis.  In 2007, Davis was con­victed of oper­at­ing a crim­i­nal enter­prise from prison that sold drugs and ordered attacks on inmates and oth­ers out­side prison.

The gang con­sists of sev­eral hun­dred mem­bers who are recruited in prison, but con­tinue their crim­i­nal activ­i­ties after their release, includ­ing attempted mur­der, assault, rob­bery, rack­e­teer­ing, bribery, wit­ness tam­per­ing, and drug dis­tri­b­u­tion.  As with most racist prison gangs, any white suprema­cist ide­ol­ogy they might have is sec­ondary to their orga­nized crime or crim­i­nal enter­prise motives. 

This shoot­ing, the sec­ond this month, is a con­tin­u­a­tion of a string of at least 30 shootouts between police and domes­tic extrem­ist in the United States since 2009.  Ear­lier this month police fatally shot anti-government extrem­ist Jef­fery Allen Wright fol­low­ing a four-hour stand­off in Florida.

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