FBI Says ‘Black Identity Extremists’ Are a Violent Threat Because of Their Views on Police Brutality

“Based on Johnson’s journal writings and statements to police, he appeared to have been influenced by BIE ideology,” the FBI report said. It goes to say that it expects further such attacks in retaliation for grievances over perceived police brutality.

“The FBI further assesses it is very likely additional controversial police shootings of African Americans and the associated legal proceedings will continue to serve as drivers for violence against law enforcement,” the report said.

As left-wing protests have grown, so has far-right sentiment, becoming more prominent since the inauguration of President Donald Trump. It culminated in a violent series of events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where neo-Nazis marched and a white nationalist subsequently ran down and killed a left-wing counter-protester with his car.

The report is dated August 3, just over a week before the white supremacist rally.

Black Lives Matter activists appeared regularly at Trump’s campaign rallies in the build-up to the 2016 presidential election. The president made it clear that he would back law enforcement and battle the protests against police brutality.

“The Trump Administration will be a law and order administration,” reads a page on the White House website titled “Standing Up for Our Law Enforcement Community.”

It said that “President Trump will honor our men and women in uniform and will support their mission of protecting the public. The dangerous anti-police atmosphere in America is wrong. The Trump Administration will end it.”

So far in 2017, 748 people have been shot and killed by U.S. police, 168 of them African-Americans, according to the Washington Post’s Fatal Force tracker.

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