Who can take a metropolis, burn it to the bottom? The Umbrella Man can, at the very least in keeping with the search warrant utility/affidavit filed by Minneapolis police officer Erika Christensen this previous summer time.
Star Tribune reporter Libor Jany advised me he got here throughout Christensen’s affidavit in a routine assessment of court docket filings. Libor reported on the allegations of Christensen’s affidavit in his July 28 story “Minneapolis police say ‘Umbrella Man’ was a white supremacist making an attempt to incite George Floyd rioting.” The story made waves world wide.
In line with Officer Christensen, Umbrella Man is a white supremacist who set off the week of riots and arson all through the Twin Cities by knocking out the home windows at AutoZone on Lake Road at Minnehaha Avenue in south Minneapolis on Could 27. Did Umbrella Man additionally burn the AutoZone down? I can’t inform who burnt it down from Libor’s story, nevertheless it was in actual fact torched.
Libor quoted Christensen’s affidavit: “This was the primary fireplace that set off a string of fires and looting all through the precinct and the remainder of town.” Umbrella Man himself doesn’t appear to have dedicated the arson that destroyed the AutoZone premises. Under is the tweet with the video that includes Umbrella Man at work.
— Javier Morillo 🇵🇷🏳️🌈 (@javimorillo) May 28, 2020
Almost 9 months later, Umbrella Man has not been arrested. Fees haven’t been introduced in opposition to him. Umbrella Man stays at giant. Libor didn’t determine him in his July 28 story as a result of he has not been charged.
Officer Christensen’s account of occasions was taken at face worth within the quite a few information accounts that instantly adopted the Star Tribune story, however it’s ludicrous. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is chargeable for the important thing occasion that led to the destruction wrought all through the Twin Cities following the dying of George Floyd. The important thing occasion was the abandonment of the Third Precinct headquarters on Could 28.
Mayor Frey too stays at giant. His dereliction was not unlawful.
Spectator USA’s pseudonymous Cockburn carried out a actuality verify in “The curious Umbrella Man delusion.” Subhead: “Cockburn hasn’t seen this many individuals enthusiastic about an umbrella since Mary Poppins hit theaters in 1964.” Cockburn drily famous on the time: “Cockburn would have thought that the carnage of the previous month would render one man’s window smashing a historic footnote. However as a substitute, the alternative has occurred, for the same old 2020 motive: it’s politically helpful.”
Officer Christensen’s affidavit superimposed a legendary narrative over the occasions as we noticed them unfold. Cockburn noticed that it took him “only a single minute on Google to find rioting and destruction from May 26 — the day earlier than Umbrella Man supposedly kicked all the things off.”
No matter occurred to Umbrella Man? He’s recognized by identify and mobile phone quantity in Officer Christensen’s affidavit. He seems to be a nasty dude, however did he do greater than is depicted within the video above? The Minneapolis police division says its investigation is constant.
Reviewing Officer Christensen’s affidavit, I’m not stunned that Umbrella Man continues to be on the free. I’ll check out Officer Christensen’s affidavit in a subsequent submit.