According to a federal complaint cited by Minnesota-based newspaper The Star Tribune, a member of the right-wing extremist group the “Boogaloo Bois” fired 13 rounds into a Minneapolis police department as he yelled “Justice for Floyd” during protests for George Floyd’s murder in May.
The complaint stated that 26-year-old, Texas resident Ivan Harrison Hunter, was charged with interstate travel with intent to incite, organize or aid or abet the participation of a riot.
Hunter, a self-proclaimed member of the Boogaloo Bois, traveled from Texas to Minnesota to participate in the riots in Minneapolis after George Floyd’s death.
According to the complaint, Hunter opened fire at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct while people were in the building and yelled “Justice for Floyd!”
After returning to Texas, Hunter was pulled over by Austin police near a local protest for Floyd. According to the complaint, police pulled Hunter over for making multiple traffic violations.
The complaint stated that Hunter was carrying six loaded magazines for an assault rifle when he was pulled over. Two other men in the car were armed as well. Although Hunter denied ownership of the weapons, he voluntarily told police officers that he was “the leader of the Boogaloo Bois in South Texas and that he was present in Minneapolis when the Third Precinct was set on fire,” the complaint said. The officers seized the weapons and ammunitions but all three men were released from the scene.
Days after the traffic stop, FBI agents became aware of Hunter’s exchanges with another Boogaloo Bois member Steven Carillo, who in June was charged for the murder of two California officers.
According to the complaint, Hunter would later post multiple messages on Facebook bragging of his actions in Minneapolis on the night of 28 May and morning of 29 May, writing, “I set fire to that precinct with the Black community,” and, “My mom would call the FBI if she knew.”
“I’ve burned police stations with Black Panthers in Minneapolis,” he claimed in one message, and in another, “The BLM protesters in Minneapolis loved me.”
Hunter is the third alleged “Boogaloo Boi” to be charged in connection with protests in Minneapolis. Across the country, the “Boogaloo” movement has been linked to more than two dozen arrests and at least five deaths this year, including the alleged plot to kidnap the Michigan governor, Gretchen Whitmer.