The arrests of Wolverine Watchmen militia members in Michigan occurred just days after a man suspected of being part of the Bugalo Movement was killed by federal officials.
Federal authorities are cracking down on anti-government groups and local cells such as Wolverine Watchmen, accused of plotting to kidnap and interrogate Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
Authorities attempted to arrest another man, aged 43, Eric Allport, who is also believed to be part of the anti-government movement Bugalo.
One of the members, Mike Dunn, claimed that Alport was a martyr.
“As far as I know he was a Bugalo boy. He embodied our ideology and our beliefs that he lived freely in his mind and killed him,” Dunn said.
The FBI did not discuss this issue. Delving into Allport’s past, it reveals anti-government and law enforcement sentiments, all of which align with the movement.
Alex Friedfield is one of the country’s leading experts on the Bugallo Movement, which has gained momentum in the past year.
“It fits with the ideology book, and this concept, as you know, is the only American standing against acts of tyranny,” Friedfield said. “What we’re concerned about are those little cells of Boogaloos who are all consuming the same rhetoric, right, they’re consuming this violent content that says there’s a problem right now in America, and you need to do something.”
They are not driven by ethnicity or belong to a political party. Friedfield said that Alport’s death is like the group’s fictional scenario.
“There is some kind of idea about Americans standing against law enforcement because we’re trying to disarm their firearms,” Friedfield said.
Sources told it was important to get Allport off the streets before the statewide raids on the Wolverine Watchmen this week in fear of his reaction.
“Given what is happening in this country and what kind of disturbances are occurring and consuming these messages that say that there are problems in America that need to be dealt with, and this is where the danger will come in the next few months,”