FBI Considers Pro-Trump Group Extremists With White Nationalist Ties
The Guardian reports:
The FBI’s 2018 designation of the self-confessed “western chauvinist group” as extremist has not been previously made public.
The document also says: “The FBI has warned local law enforcement agencies that the Proud Boys are actively recruiting in the Pacific north-west”, and: “Proud Boys members have contributed to the recent escalation of violence at political rallies held on college campuses, and in cities like Charlottesville, Virginia, Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.”
The report, and the FBI’s warning to south-west Washington police agencies about the Proud Boys’ role in escalating violence at these events came in August, two months before the group was involved in an infamous weekend of street violence in New York City and Portland, and not long after they participated in street violence in downtown Portland on 30 June.
The document, provided to the Guardian by the government transparency non-profit Property of the People, was part of an internal affairs investigation into a probationary deputy in the Clark county sheriff’s department.
Erin Willey, a former sheriff's deputy in Southwest Washington, recently received a pink slip after a photo of her wearing a "Proud Boys Girls" sweatshirt circulated in local media.
The Proud Boys Girls is the female auxiliary of the Proud Boys.