Members of the far-right Boogaloo Bois militia, armed with semi-automatic weapons, clashed with angry locals on a Sunday protest outside the Ann Arbor City Hall building in Michigan.
About six Boogaloo Bois dressed in tactical gear, some wearing the group’s signature Hawaiian shirts, had marched into the town’s police station to call for the release of a local man, Omar Shafie.
Shafie, 32, was arrested after a 36-hour standoff with a SWAT team from the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office in which he allegedly fired several rounds.
A meeting for Free Omar Shafie was hosted outside of Ann Arbor City Hall and the police station, and promoted on social media.
According to the News2Share On the spot, the police observed the armed group from a distance, but did not intervene.
An unnamed local man then approached the group and demanded why they were in town.
He became involved in an angry argument and demanded to know why they had brought their weapons to the city.
“Get your fucking guns out of here, man,” he said.
A man confronts members of the far-right Boogaloo Bois militia after arriving at the police and Ann Arbor City Hall to protest the arrest of a local man Omar Shafie
The unarmed man yells “get your damn guns out of here” to militiamen
A Boogaloo Bois member named Timothy Teagan yells at the local
Police kept a close eye on the armed protesters as they called for the release of local man Omar Shafie, who was arrested after a 36-hour standoff with law enforcement officials.
Omar Shafie was arrested on March 25 after a 36-hour standoff with law enforcement in which he barricaded himself in his parents’ house and allegedly fired rounds at a SWAT team.
‘This is a peaceful community. We don’t need this. We’ve been through a pandemic. We’ve lost thousands of lives, ”he continued.
‘You are not the police. You’re a militia. They are in charge, not you. Get the bastard out of our town! ‘
The incident that led to the protest began in the early hours of March 24 when Shafie’s parents called police to say their son was suffering from a mental health crisis and had assaulted them at their home in Superior Township, Michigan.
About 50 members of the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office, including a SWAT team, crisis negotiators and sheriff’s deputies, responded to the nationwide address.
The sheriff’s deputies took the parents to safety, but Shafie refused to leave the house.
Armed with multiple weapons, he wore an anti-aircraft jacket and had ammunition tied to his body, according to one local news item
Several shots were fired by Shafie during the meeting, which lasted well into the next day.
Since his arrest, Shafie’s girlfriend has disputed that he was suffering from a mental health crisis and that the police infringed his rights on the Second Amendment.
Cylie Johnston posted what she said was a recording of a conversation with Shafie from Washtenaw County Jail.
Shafie claimed that his Second Amendment rights had been violated by the police, that he did not have a mental health crisis, and that he was unfairly targeted.
The case came to the attention of the Boogaloo Bois, who wanted to show a display of power to support Shafie’s cause.
A Boogaloo Bois member takes part in Ann Arbor’s armed protest over the arrest of Omar Shafie on Sunday
Protesters compared Shafie’s arrest to other incidents where civilians were shot by police, such as Breanna Taylor
The Boogaloo Bois have been described as libertarian extremists who have been linked to two murders
Until the small group of gunmen that showed up on Sunday was a prominent member of the Boogaloo Bois known as Timothy Teagan.
Video footage of the protest captured him yelling at the local government building.
‘We’ll be here for a while! If you want to come and discuss it, we’re out of here. Maybe talk to us like you should have talked to Omar, ”he said.
“How much money did the city cost to have fifty officers there in a 36-hour standoff?”
The Boogaloo Bois have been described as libertarian extremists who believe a race war is imminent.
They have been linked to two ambush-style attacks against security personnel and law enforcement officials in California in 2020.
Individuals involved in the movement have also been charged with the attempted kidnapping of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer in 2020.