The State – 10/9/20

Beza T. Desta

Lacie Hudson and Case deKoning

Seven individuals were charged by the Attorney General’s Office for acts of terrorism under Michigan state law, according to the Michigan Attorney General.

The suspects are charged with alleged attempts to identify the home addresses of law enforcement officers in order to target them, threats of violence to instigate a civil war and engaging in planning and training for an operation to attack the Capitol building and kidnap government officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

In total, 19 state felony charges were filed by Nessel against the seven individuals known to be members or associates of the militia group  Wolverine Watchmen.

The FBI also charged six individuals for allegedly conspiring to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after being arrested Wednesday night.

Whitmer later went live from the Michigan Capitol to respond to the state and federal charges against 13 members of two militia groups for allegedly conspiring to kidnap her.

She went on to call out Trump for his inability to call out White Supremacist groups in the last Presidential Debate, citing it as a precursor to this incident:

“Hate groups heard the President’s words not as a rebuke, but as a rallying cry, as a call to action. When our leaders speak, their words matter. They carry weight. When our leaders meet with, encourage, or fraternize with domestic terrorists, they legitimize their actions, and they are complicit”

The governor went on to say the COVID-19 virus is the enemy, and it doesn’t care if one is a Democrat or a Republican, young or old, rich or poor.