Welp. The first so-called "black identity extremist" was brutalized and arrested by police for nothing other than complaining about police brutality on Facebook.
Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance
The short version is that Rakem Balogun was identified in a fucking Infowars video at a Black Lives Matter rally by the FBI and put on their surveillance list for "black identity extremists," and I guess decided to have him arrested (in the middle of the night as FBI agents crashed through his door and dragged him and his 15-year-old son out into the cold in their underwear) because he participated in anti-police chants and ironically called a guy who killed a cop a hero on Facebook. He was, of course, making a point about how racist cop supporters express solidarity with murderous police.
Keighley, however, later admitted the FBI had no evidence of Balogun making any specific threats about harming police.
His crime? I don't even know. The article says the prosecutors' case "unraveled." What was he even charged for? Being mad on the internet? If so, I've got some screenshots the FBI should take a look at.
He was apparently indicted for "unlawful possession of a firearm," but why did the FBI knock down his door in the first place? I guess the FBI isn't saying.
All of this is extremely alarming. But it's also happened before. Which actually makes it more alarming. Will we learn from history? Or is it COINTELPRO all over again?
Balogun lost his job, his car, and his house while he was held in jail without bail for five fucking months. And the FBI does not have to get him a new house and car. He just has to deal with this massive disruption and setback to his life. How's he going to fight his own oppression with all this new stress in his life?