Police: ‘Umbrella Man’ Who Sparked Minneapolis Riots Is A White Supremacist
It has been revealed that a man seen in a viral video inciting violence at a George Floyd protest was actually a white supremacist intending to stoke the racial divide, according to a report from the Star Tribune.
- A man dressed in black holding an umbrella was captured on video smashing windows at a Minneapolis auto parts store amidst the chaos of the heated protests that followed Floyd’s death.
- Police are now saying this man was a member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang and “also an associate of the Aryan Cowboy Brotherhood, a small white supremacist prison and street gang based primarily in Minnesota and Kentucky.” He reportedly went to the protests with the purpose of inciting violence.
- The police say these actions set off a chain reaction of days of looting and rioting across the city. The building captured on video was later burned to the ground.
- The protests were relatively peaceful before the “Umbrella man” began violence, according to police. They were later able to identify the subject after a tip came in to the department.
The Star Tribune reports,
[Erika] Christensen wrote in the affidavit that she watched “innumerable hours” of videos on social media platforms like Tik Tok, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube to try to identify the suspect, to no avail. Investigators finally caught a break when a tipster e-mailed the Minneapolis Police Department identifying the man as a member of the Hell’s Angels biker gang who “wanted to sow discord and racial unrest by breaking out the windows and writing what he did on the double red doors,” the affidavit said.
- Originally, word spread that the agitator was actually a member of the neighboring St. Paul police force. However, this has been discredited by the new evidence. Police Chief Todd Axtell released a statement urging people to stop spreading misinformation that could potentially hurt the suspected officer’s reputation.