The man, who sees the broken windows in the Minneapolis protest video, is suspected of being a well-known member of a white superfoodist group, police said in a search warrant. The man in question, Mitchell Carlson, was not charged with a crime.
The video, filmed on May 27, featured a man dressed in all black methodically smashed windows of the Minneapolis AutoZone during racial justice protests over the murder of police by George Floyd. The man also sprayed “free shit on everyone” paint on the building’s door. The man appeared to be dressed as an anti-fascist, but was seen as a possible intruder or “external agitator”; when protesters tried to question him about his activities. He became known on social media as an “umbrella man” along with unveiled theories that he was a police officer trying to discredit protests.
Now reported in a search warrant for the first time Minneapolis Star Tribune, police say after receiving advice that the man is Mitchell Carlson, a “full-fledged member of the Angels of Hell” and a well-known collaborator of Aryan cowboys. Aryan cowboys are a known gang of prisoners from Minnesota and Kentucky. “
Mitchell did not immediately return voicemail from The Daily Beast on Tuesday.
According to the search warrant statement, investigators received no advice that he was a member of the Angels of Hell who “wanted to sow discord and racial unrest by breaking the windows of AutoZone.”
Although the search warrant does not convict Mitchell of the crime, he said investigators were looking for data from cell phone towers to provide information about his whereabouts at the time of the incident.
After Floyd was assassinated in Minneapolis police custody in late May, elected officials in Minneapolis and elsewhere accused so-called “outside agitators” of inciting violent chaos. Some of these allegations have become meaningless. Despite initial reports that many of the people arrested in Minneapolis were from non-state actors, they were later identified as locals and encouraged activists to cite the story of an “external agitator” as a means of discrediting their movement. Nevertheless, some of the statements had the core of truth. Leaked law enforcement documents reported by journalist Emma Best reveal that white supermature gangs, namely Angels of Hell and Arija Cowboys, have also considered appearing anti-fascists in Minneapolis to discredit them during the protest.
According to a written statement, Carlson was involved in another recent incident: He was allegedly involved when the Aryan Cowboys were accused of harassing a Muslim woman in late June.
Mitchell has previously arrested the litany, mostly for traffic problems, but some for violent incidents. In February, he was accused of insulting terrorist threats and domestic violence. He was convicted of the threats and convicted of misconduct, but allegations of abuse were rejected. That month, in a separate case, he was convicted of domestic violence.
A Facebook account that turned out to be like him expressed long-standing sympathy for reasons of white superstition, including memes with swastikas and Nazi congratulations.
The Minneapolis Police Department did not respond immediately to requests for comment.