According to a new court file, the man who vandalized the car parts business during the protests over the death of Georg Floyd believes that he has ties to the group of white domination and tried to provoke tension.
At the end of May, the video featured a video on social media showing “Umbrella Man” dressed in a black and smashing window in an AutoZone store with a hammer.
Police identified the suspect on the basis of an affidavit, which was reported by Star Tribune and confirmed by an affiliate of NBC KARE.
The suspect is a member of the motorcycle gang of hell angels and a member of the Aryan cowboy fraternity, a white supremacist gang.
The man was not charged and is not named according to NBC News.
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A video from the scene on May 27 shows that people in the area are trying to discourage a person, according to an affidavit.
An e-mail tip sent last week alerted authorities to intentions to “sow dissent and racial unrest,” Minneapolis police officer Emily Christensen said in an affidavit filed Monday.
“Until the actions of what your relative called ‘Umbrella’s man,’ the protests were peaceful,” the order said. “The actions of this person have created an atmosphere of hostility and tension. Your relationship is convinced that the sole purpose of this individual was to incite violence. “
Police claimed that they later found out that the “Umbrella man” painted the words “free s — for every zone” on the door of the store, according to the affidavit.
The AutoZone site was looted and set on fire.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, the Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood is a well-known prison gang that operates primarily in Minnesota and Kentucky. It is unclear whether he is associated with the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang that is believed to have formed in a state prison in San Quentin, California in 1964 to fight a black prison gang during prison desegregation.
As part of the “Umbrella Man” investigation, an order was issued to view cell phone records and tower information.
Minneapolis police did not respond to emails or phone calls on Tuesday to comment on the order.
In the weeks after Floyd died on May 25 in police custody in Minneapolis, protesters took to the streets to demonstrate against police violence and to hold talks on systemic racism in the country.
Some critics of the protests have tried to discredit the demonstrations by citing incidents of looting or vandalism, although protests around the world have been largely peaceful.