The Boogaloo Boys were armed and outfitted in floral shirts at the state capitol building in Michigan, Virginia, Ohio, and Washington D.C. on Jan. 17. Police and members of the National Guard surveyed the group of close to 20 protesters and made no arrests.

“I would love to see a peaceful revolution, keyword peaceful,” said 22 year old Boogaloo Boy Timothy Teagan. “I don’t want to see bloodshed in my country. I don’t want to see our cities torn asunder and burning and people dead. I feel like one of the best ways to do that is to stand up for the rights of all, no matter if you agree with them or not.”

Many of the protesters, including the Boogaloo Boys, scattered by 1:30 p.m.

FBI WARNING

On Dec. 29, 2020 an FBI bulletin obtained by ABC News described plans for armed protests across the nation prior to the presidential inauguration.

“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” according to an FBI bulletin obtained by @ABC,” ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky tweeted

The FBI later released a statement of support for “state, local and federal law enforcement” in hopes of maintaining public safety. 

ANTI-GOVERNMENT MOVEMENT

Also known as the “boogaloo bois” the organization is typically characterized as a far-right, anti-government group by mainstream media and the ADL, although some chapters are pro-Black Lives Matter and pro-Trans rights. Boogaloo is slang for civil war and many online boogaloo groups are suggesting a civil war is inevitable

Boogaloo protestors also gathered in Ohio, Utah and Massachusetts. 

Written ByAshley Grams

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