In a viral video of a Minneapolis protests, a man suspected of being a known member of a white supremacist group smashing windows, police alleged in a search warrant affidavit. The man in question, Michelle Carlson, has not been charged with a crime.
The video, filmed on May 27, shows a man dressed in lawfully breaking all windows of an autozone in Minneapolis during a racial justice protest over the police murder of George Floyd. The man also sprayed “free dirt for all area” paint on the doors of the building. The man appeared dressed as an anti-fascist, but was seen as a potential intruder or “outside agitator” when protesters tried to question his movements. He is known on social media as the “Umbrella Man”, in which he was a police officer who attempted to refute the principles.
Now, a search warrant affidavit first reported by Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Police say they received a tip that the man is Michelle Carlson, “a full member of Hell’s Angels” and “a known associate of the Aryan cowboy”. The Aryan Cowboys are a well-known prison gang in Minnesota and Kentucky. “
Mitchell did not immediately return a voicemail from The Daily Beast on Tuesday.
According to the search warrant affidavit, the Umbrella Man’s search lasted for months without a lead until investigators received a tip that he was a member of the Hells Angels who wanted to spread racial unrest by breaking Autobrone’s windows.
Although the search warrant does not commit any crime with Michelle, she said investigators were seeking data from cell phone towers that would provide information about her whereabouts during the incident.
After Floyd was killed in Minneapolis police custody in late May, elected officials in Minneapolis and elsewhere accused the so-called “outside agitators” of inciting violent chaos. Some of these allegations have fallen flat. Despite initial reports that many of those arrested in Minneapolis were out of state, most later appeared as locals, citing the “outside agitator” narrative as a means for activists to dismiss their movement Were. Nevertheless, some claims showed a fraction of the truth. Leaked law enforcement documents, Reported by journalist Emma Best, Reveal that white supremacist gangs — notably the Hells Angels and Aryan Cowboys — also discussed posing as anti-fascists in Minneapolis to discredit them during protests.
Carlson was implicated in another recent incident, according to the affidavit: Aryan cowboys were accused of harassing a Muslim woman in late June.
Mitchell has a case for past arrests, for several traffic issues, but for some violent incidents. In February, he was charged with terrorist intimidation and strangulation, domestic abuse. He was convicted and sentenced at the level of a misdemeanor for threats, but the charges of abuse were dismissed. In a separate case that month, he was convicted of domestic abuse.
A Facebook account, which appears to have a long sympathy for white supremacist causes, including memes with swastikas and Nazi salutes.
The Minneapolis Police Department did not immediately respond to requests for comment.