Letter to the Editor

Umbrella Man

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Update on my June 4 “Protests vs. Riots” letter about protests over George Floyd’s murder in which I wrote:

“Riots were being instigated with strategically planned acts by organized groups using trained and outfitted members intended to foment the breakdown of civilized society leading to the destruction of our government. Acts are easily viewed on videos and TV. Totally covered all in black with military type boots and gas masks (not casual clothes like the peaceful protestors) calmly smashing windows at the AutoZone store with a crowbar, the first windows to be broken (Google umbrella man) while peaceful protestors tried to stop them.“

As of July 29, Minneapolis police identified “Umbrella Man” as an affiliate of a white supremacist group that allegedly sought to “incite violence.”

A Minneapolis police arson investigator who wrote the affidavit, now alleges that his “sole aim” was to provoke discord. “Until the actions of the person your affiant has been calling ‘Umbrella Man,’ the protests had been relatively peaceful,” she said. “The actions of this person created an atmosphere of hostility and tension.”. A tip came in naming “Umbrella Man” and revealed he is a member of the Hells Angels, a motorcycle gang made up of mostly white men who ride Harley-Davidson bikes. The investigator soon discovered that “Umbrella Man” is also a “known associate” of the Aryan Cowboys, a white supremacist prison gang based mainly out of Minnesota and Kentucky.

It's important to be kept updated with facts.

— Diane Smith, Spencer