Feds Arrest Pro-Cop Extremists After Tip They Were Going To Kenosha With Weapons
According to ABC News, court documents show that two Blue Lives Matter supporters from Missouri were arrested on firearms charges after law enforcement received a tip that they were traveling to Kenosha, Wisconsin, with assault-style weapons.
Michael M. Karmo, 40, and Cody E. Smith, 33, were arrested at a hotel near Kenosha on Tuesday and charged with illegal possession of firearms, the Department of Justice announced Thursday. According to the criminal complaint against them, they were found with a major cache of firearms and weapons in their vehicle and hotel room that included an AR-15, a shotgun, handguns, a dagger, a saw and magazines.
According to the complaint, the Kenosha Police Department advised the FBI on Tuesday that a law enforcement agency in Iowa had received a tip that Karmo and an unidentified man were traveling with firearms from Missouri to Kenosha. Karmo allegedly told the tipster on Aug. 31 that "he was going to Kenosha with the intention of possibly using the firearms on people," the complaint stated.
After receiving the tip, law enforcement looked at a Facebook page with the username "Michael Karmo" and found photos of someone who appeared to be Karmo posing with firearms, including assault-style rifles, according to the complaint. The complaint also included photos from Karmo's alleged account, including one that appears to be Karmo posing with a gun in front of a Blue Lives Matter flag.
Local news KSDK reported,
According to the criminal complaint, the Kenosha Police Department advised FBI that a law enforcement agency in Iowa had received a tip that 40-year-old Michael M. Karmo and 33-year-old Cody E. Smith were in possession of firearms and traveling from Missouri to Kenosha, Wisconsin to loot and possibly “pick people off.”
According to the report, the Justice Department said both "men had prior convictions that prohibited them from possessing firearms and ammunition."
Protests broke out in Kenosha after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times in the back by a police officer last month.