The Strange Tale of the FBIs Fictional Black Identity Extremism Movement
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Intercept
Posted: April 1st, 2019
Hours after police Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on a quiet suburban street in Ferguson, Missouri, Olajuwon Ali Davis stood with a few dozen people on that same street. Davis, who was 22 at the time, kept showing up as the protests grew larger. Three months later, Davis and another young man named Brandon Orlando Baldwin were arrested in an FBI sting and accused of planning to ... blow up St. Louiss iconic Gateway Arch. Three years later, the FBI listed Daviss case in a secret memo warning of the rise of a black identity extremist movement whose members perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred what the FBI claimed was an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement. The black identity extremism report was prepared by the FBIs Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit ... and was distributed to scores of local and federal law enforcement partners. Davis and Baldwin ... appear to be the first individuals retroactively labeled by the FBI as black identity extremists. According to The Intercepts analysis, Davis and Olajuwons case was the only federal prosecution of individuals the FBI considers to be black identity extremists that resulted in a conviction. By comparison, the analysis found that 268 right-wing extremists were prosecuted in federal courts since 9/11 for crimes that appear to meet the legal definition of domestic terrorism.