Criminal Justice & the Rule of Law

Anti-Government Extremists Charged With Conspiracy to Incite Violence at Las Vegas Protests

Elliot Setzer
Thursday, June 4, 2020, 2:48 PM

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On June 2, the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force charged three alleged members of the “Boogaloo” movement—a far-right anti-government extremist group—with conspiracy to cause destruction during recent protests in Las Vegas.

Stephen T. Marshall, Andrew Lynam and William L. Loomis were each charged in a federal criminal complaint with (a) one count of conspiracy to damage and destroy by fire and explosive, and (b) one count of possession of unregistered firearms, in the form of Molotov cocktails. Federal prosecutors say the three men, who all have U.S. military experience, had initially sought to carry out a plan that began in April in conjunction with protests to reopen businesses closed due to COVID-19, and later capitalized on protests over the killing of George Floyd by a white Minneapolis police officer. The men were arrested on May 30 on the way to a downtown Las Vegas Black Lives Matter protest, after allegedly gathering together to assemble Molotov cocktails.

You can read a copy of the criminal complaint here and below:

Elliot Setzer is a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford Law School and a Ph.D student at Yale University. He previously worked at Lawfare and the Brookings Institution.

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