From AP: "Police say a man captured on surveillance video breaking windows at a south Minneapolis auto parts store in the days after George Floyd’s death is a Hell’s Angels member who was bent on stirring up social unrest.
Dubbed “Umbrella Man” for an all-black getup that included hood, gas mask and black umbrella, police say the man’s actions soon led to an arson fire that was the first of several that transformed peaceful protests into chaos."
Sooooooo, hopefully this educates some of the folks on this board that blamed Minneapolis on Antifa. And realize just 'cause you wear black, doesn’t make you anything beyond someone wearking black.
To be fair I don’t get exactly what this “proves”, people openly suspected the Umbrella Guy was either a cop or an outside agitator since the beginning and there already was rioting and looting in Minneapolis before this guy showed up. Are we now back on the conspiracy theory train that 90% of the looters/rioters in every single city during the protests was a police agent/alt-right agitator now?
All we know is what “police say.” I think it’s far too early to be sure who the hell this guy actually is. I’m sure a lot of police departments see “outlaw biker” or even just “biker” and someone writes down Hells Angels. I’m skeptical.
I think that law enforcement in particular recognize the existence of many different owtlaw mcs and do not casually name drop. Unless they’re spectacularly incompetant. The Hell’s Angels in my neck of the woods have lawyers, and they sue.
We all knew he was a outside agitator. Based upon appearance and my experience with the BLM protests in Oakland, etc, I assumed he was a Anarchist since he is dressed like one, and acting like one. That was the safe bet.
But sure, he could be a right wing outside agitator- they are becoming more common we hear.
** “Black blocs” are a common sight in protests.*
** The black-garbed and masked protesters often commit acts of violence and vandalism, and the tactic is most commonly associated with anarchists.*
For some reason the regular protesters are now copying the Black Blok anarchists (which is a idiot move). However, the Anarchists started it.
So yeah, just dressed all in black now no longer necessarily means Black Blok anarchist. But the quality gas mask, the light body armor etc, all suggest that movement, and the deliberate rather than angry destruction of property in a otherwise peaceful protest screams outside agitator. Which used to be almost always anarchists, but now yes, include other groups.