[Vision2020] White Nationalist Biker incited violence in Minneapolis

Nicholas Gier ngier006 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 29 10:54:17 PDT 2020

I will add this to the longer version of my column for the DNews tomorrow.
Another example of right-wingers disrupting peaceful protesters.

The Daily Kos, 7/28/20

The murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin
sparked Black Lives Matter protests nationwide. At the start of the
protests in Minneapolis, one white man sparked instant outrage after he was
recorded by Javier Morillo smashing the windows of an AutoZone, part of
eventual damage estimated at $100 million in Minneapolis alone.

“Umbrella Man” was confronted by protesters because he stood out like a
sore thumb, dressed in all black, wearing a face mask, and carrying an
umbrella. He was the first to start damaging storefronts and protesters
wondered aloud as they confronted him if he was an agent provocateur
seeking to make the protesters look bad. Turns out, that is exactly what he
was doing.

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020 · 2:04:13 PM PDT · Jen Hayden
The suspect has been 32-year-old Mitchell Carlson. He has not yet been
charged with a crime.

After the video went viral, many online falsely accused a Minneapolis
police officer of being the man in question, but that was not the case.
Months later, a tip finally came into the Minneapolis police department.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the man is a member of the
Hell’s Angels bike gang and a smaller white supremacist gang called the
Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood. The police warrant noted the man in the video
“wanted to sow discord and racial unrest by breaking out the windows and
writing what he did on the double red doors.”

The warrant also noted the man’s actions seemed to change the course of the
otherwise peaceful protest. “Until the actions of the person your affiant
has been calling ‘Umbrella Man,’ the protests had been relatively peaceful.
The actions of this person created an atmosphere of hostility and tension.
Your affiant believes that this individual’s sole aim was to incite

Minneapolis police also told the Star Tribune the man is a member of the
Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood, a small white supremacist prison and street gang
based primarily in Minnesota and Kentucky.

Charges have yet to be filed and the man’s name has not yet been publicly
released, but both seem imminent. Stay tuned.


A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they
shall never sit in.

-Greek proverb

“Enlightenment is man’s emergence from his self-imposed immaturity.
Immaturity is the inability to use one’s understanding without guidance
from another. This immaturity is self- imposed when its cause lies not in
lack of understanding, but in lack of resolve and courage to use it without
guidance from another. Sapere Aude! ‘Have courage to use your own
understand-ing!—that is the motto of enlightenment.

--Immanuel Kant
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