First Member of Far-Right ‘Boogaloo’ Movement Charged for Storming Capitol

In this article, Steven Thurlow was arrested for participating in the January 6 riot on the U.S. Capitol. The only association to boogaloo that identified Thurlow was a boogaloo patch he wore on his body armor when in the capitol. This is a poor example of association with the Boogaloo movement. Anyone can be affiliated with the boogaloo name even without being part of the movement if people are identified this way. This kind of categorizing is why the boogaloo movement is highly misunderstood and improperly identified with incorrect ideology.

Steven Thurlow, a U.S. Army veteran, was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges related to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Thurlow is also alleged to be a member of the far-right “Boogaloo” movement, which has called for a civil war to overthrow the government. Investigators say tipsters sent Facebook posts to the FBI showing Thurlow inside the Capitol building during the riot. One image allegedly shows Thurlow in tactical gear and body armor with a “Boogaloo” patch on the front. Thurlow is one of more than four dozen military veterans charged in connection with the riot but, so far, he is the first member of the “Boogaloo” movement to be charged. An initial hearing has yet to be scheduled in his case.

In newly released court documents, the Justice Department alleges a U.S. Army veteran and member of the “Boogaloo” movement took part in the Capitol riot – the first apparent member of the extremist movement to be formally charged in the case.

Steven Thurlow, 50, of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, was arrested on Wednesday on multiple charges, including entering a restricted building without lawful authority and disorderly and disruptive conduct.

In a criminal complaint filed under seal last week, investigators say multiple tipsters sent the FBI Facebook posts from Thurlow’s account appearing to show him inside the U.S. Capitol building on January 6.

The FBI also received a photo appearing to show Thurlow in camouflage tactical gear and body armor with a “Boogaloo” patch on the front. Investigators said the photo was captioned: “Ahh nothing like a new pair of 511’s and fresh set of level IV SAPI’s in the plate carrier to go ‘peacefully protest’ with.”

— Jordan Fischer (@JordanOnRecord) June 30, 2021
According to court documents, a “level IV SAPI” is a high-level ballistic body armor plate “rated to withstand a direct hit by a high muzzle velocity armor piercing bullet.”

Thurlow served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division from 1988-1991, including a deployment in the Middle East. A LinkedIn account under his name lists his current employment as senior instructor at 210 Downrange Gunsmithing in St. Clair Shores.

While other alleged members of extremist militia groups, like the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters, have been charged in connection with the January 6 Capitol riot, Thurlow appears to be the first alleged member of the “Boogaloo” movement to be arrested.

“Boogaloo,” according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which tracks extremist movements around the world, is a “slang reference to a future civil war.” The Justice Department says the term is sometimes used by “militia extremists and racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists” to reference an impending politically motivated civil war or uprising against the government.

Unlike groups like the Oath Keepers or Proud Boys, the “Boogaloo” movement is not an organized group, but a loose collection of individuals and militia groups that have, according to the ADL, ideologies that are “primarily anti-government, anti-authority and anti-police in nature.”

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