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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Man caught with machete near DNC is charged as new details of White supremacist views emerge

US Capitol Police stated they discovered Donald Craighead with the 2 weapons in his truck on Monday, and that the automobile was outfitted with neo-Nazi symbols, together with a swastika within the driver’s-side mirror.

During a short courtroom look Tuesday, he pleaded not responsible to at least one rely of carrying a harmful weapon exterior the house. The cost is a felony and Craighead might obtain as much as 5 years in jail if he is convicted, although defendants typically obtain far lower than the statutory most punishment.

Affidavits from investigators contained new element concerning the weapons. The machete was 21-inches lengthy whereas the opposite knife, which police initially described as a “bayonet” on Monday, was truly a big looking knife with a 7.5-inch blade.

During the listening to, a protection lawyer requested a psychological analysis for Craighead. Investigators who interviewed Craighead stated he appeared delusional and exhibited basic indicators of psychological sickness.

Craighead instructed investigators he solely deliberate use the lengthy knives for defensive functions, in response to notes of his voluntary interview.

DC Superior Court Judge Lloyd Nolan ordered Craighead to remain in jail till his subsequent listening to. Craighead, a bald White man, was handcuffed and flanked by US Marshals, and was carrying camouflage pants.

Court paperwork unsealed Tuesday shed new mild on Craighead’s extremist views. Police officers stated in a sworn affidavit that he stated to them, “Why are you all pulling me over when there are brown people hurting White people.” They additionally stated he uttered anti-gay slurs a couple of outstanding Hispanic writer and that he blamed the LGBT neighborhood for the September 11 terrorist assaults.

Police stated in courtroom filings that they discovered a handwritten inscription on the automobile that stated, “death to others, White power.”

He instructed investigators that he wasn’t a member of any extremist teams, in response to courtroom filings. But police stated he was carrying a shirt affiliated with the “Boogaloo Boys” when he was arrested, a violent far-right motion identified for anti-government views and for attempting to instigate a racial warfare within the US.

Craighead instructed investigators he solely deliberate use the lengthy knives for defensive functions, in response to notes of his voluntary interview that had been made public on Tuesday.

National safety officers have warned, with rising alarm in latest months, of the risk posed by right-wing extremists and white nationalists. The Department of Homeland Security has stated these extremists are being radicalized by disinformation concerning the 2020 election and the Covid-19 pandemic.

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