FBI: Facebook exchange preceded deadly attack on officer

June 16, 2020 GMT

The criminal complaint against Steven Carrillo includes a Facebook exchange with his alleged accomplice, Robert Justus Jr., and a third person. The FBI says it is evidence of their affiliation with the anti-government “boogaloo” movement and plan to target federal law enforcement officers during protests against police brutality. The posts were obtained from Carrillo’s Facebook account under a search warrant.

Here is the summary from the complaint filed against Carrillo for the May 29 killing of federal security officer David Patrick Underwood and wounding of his partner at the U.S. courthouse in Oakland, California.


MAY 28

—7:20 a.m.: Carrillo posted in a Facebook group, “It’s on our coast now, this needs to be nationwide. It’s a great opportunity to target the specialty soup bois. Keep that energy going.” The statement was followed by two fire emojis and a link to a YouTube video showing a large crowd attacking two California Highway Patrol vehicles.

—7:37 a.m.: Justus responded, “Lets boogie.” Another user commented at 6:44 p.m.: “Starting tomorrow, Oakland be popping off. Maybe more.”

—According to the FBI “soup bois” may be a term that followers of the boogaloo movement used to refer to federal law enforcement agents. “Let’s boogie” is a statement of agreement to engage in attacks.

MAY 29

—7:57 a.m.: Carrillo commented on Facebook, “If it kicks off? Its (sic) kicking off now and if its (sic) not kicking off in your hood then start it. Show them the targets.”

—8:02 a.m.: Carrillo posted on Facebook, “Go to the riots and support our own cause. Show them the real targets. Use their anger to fuel our fire. Think outside the box. We have mobs of angry people to use to our advantage.”

—9:43 p.m.: With a large and unruly protest nearby, a white van drives by a guard station for the U.S. courthouse building in Oakland, its sliding door opens and the passenger fires multiple rounds. Underwood is killed and his partner seriously wounded.