Cary Spivak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
|Boogaloo follower Justin Mishler, center with semi-automatic rifle, attended a protest last week in Milwaukee. (Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)|
A handful of rifle-toting followers of the Boogaloo movement didn't receive a warm welcome at last week's Black Lives Matter protests.
In fact, some protesters and march organizers in Milwaukee asked the movement's followers to back off or leave the two protests that they attended.
A Boogaloo spokesman said in a Facebook message that group members were asked to "hang back" at the protests, which he said they did.
Boogaloo followers have also received cool receptions at some of the other Black Lives Matter rallies in other states. Three men who are believed to be followers were arrested in Las Vegas on charges of attempting to promote violence.
The daily protests are in response to the death of George Floyd, who died after a Minneapolis police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
"At the core of the Boogaloo movement is this notion of violent resistance to government tyranny," said Alex Friedfeld, a researcher at the Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism in New York. The movement is "based around rising up against the government and breaking up the perceived police state by any means necessary."