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Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:02 PM

F.B.I. Arrests Leader of Right-Wing Militia That Detained Migrants in New Mexico

Source: NYT

ALBUQUERQUE — The F.B.I. on Saturday arrested the leader of a right-wing militia that was detaining migrant families at gunpoint near the border in southern New Mexico, as the group faced a torrent of criticism for its tactics.

Hector Balderas, New Mexico’s attorney general, said federal agents had arrested the leader, Larry Mitchell Hopkins, who had been operating under the alias Johnny Horton Jr. Mr. Balderas said in a statement that Mr. Hopkins was arrested on charges of firearms possession by a felon. “This is a dangerous felon who should not have weapons around children and families,” Mr. Balderas said. “Today’s arrest by the F.B.I. indicates clearly that the rule of law should be in the hands of trained law enforcement officials, not armed vigilantes.”

The firearms charge against Mr. Hopkins is relatively minor. But it is likely the start of a deeper investigation into his activities and those of the militia, and opens the way for the authorities to bring more serious charges like kidnapping and impersonating a police officer or an employee of the United States.

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Speaking to someone using a voice distorter while wearing a gas mask, Mr. Hopkins appeared on a right-wing extremist YouTube channel in November. He claimed to be in touch with President Trump after a chance meeting at a Las Vegas casino.


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/20/us/militia-arrest-border-new-mexico.html

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Reply F.B.I. Arrests Leader of Right-Wing Militia That Detained Migrants in New Mexico (Original post)
PSPS Apr 20 OP
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 20 #1
onetexan Apr 20 #2
atreides1 Apr 20 #3
Haggis for Breakfast Apr 20 #7
DBoon Apr 21 #16
iluvtennis Apr 20 #4
garybeck Apr 20 #5
James48 Apr 20 #6
garybeck Apr 21 #18
2naSalit Apr 20 #8
riversedge Apr 20 #9
Dave Starsky Apr 21 #19
JohnnyRingo Apr 21 #10
ancianita Apr 21 #11
ancianita Apr 21 #12
GReedDiamond Apr 21 #13
Maxheader Apr 21 #14
Dave Starsky Apr 21 #15
DBoon Apr 21 #17
Eugene Apr 21 #20
Sherman A1 Apr 22 #21

Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 09:41 PM

1. Welcome to Trump's Amerika.

He has emboldened these people to the max. This is not the end of this.

We will see more and it will get out of hand. These people will not stop. They think they have the approval of the president. They are armed, believe they have the right (THEY DON'T.) and have itchy trigger fingers.

This is not going to end well. People are going to get shot.

And trump will say NOTHING to discourage these people or stop them. He WANTS to see this.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:25 PM

2. agree, hence why this is so dangerous - the Idiot has created a blanket excuse for bigotry

he is clearly amoral and severely unfit to be holding any kind of office. He should be in jail for his crimes.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #1)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:27 PM

3. No it isn't the end!

They do have the approval of the president...with every speech he gives about invaders from south of the border, he gives them his approval along with a "wink, wink...nudge, nudge...know what I mean", and the next time the witnesses will be found dead...and Trump won't say anything...like he hasn't said anything about this incident!!!

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Response to atreides1 (Reply #3)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 11:03 PM

7. He's too busy golfing with that fat fuck junkie, Rush Limbaugh.

At OUR expense.

I have family living in spitting distance from Marmalago. Everyone hates him going down there on the weekend. Streets are blocked. Detours are placed that make driving around there a pain in the pelvis. Businesses have to close. Small shop owners lose money. The traffic, the congestion, the inconvenience of it all does NOT make people happy.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #1)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:27 AM

16. They will not stop at detaining immigrants

They have been taught to hate many groups. Immigrants are just the low hanging fruit to them.

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:27 PM

4. WTF. Next they'll becoming for any one who does have a white complexion. GAH.

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:33 PM

5. expect a trump pardon n/t

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 10:53 PM

6. Lock him up!

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Response to James48 (Reply #6)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 12:58 PM

18. he'll get pardoned

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 11:38 PM

8. ...



?w=300&h=210

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sat Apr 20, 2019, 11:56 PM

9. His pic .......

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Response to riversedge (Reply #9)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 01:30 PM

19. Benicio del Toro sure has let himself go.

Meth, children. Not even once.

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 12:38 AM

10. Owning a weapon under a disability.

That's gotta sting. One law the NRA hasn't been able to justify repeal is that of a felon carrying a gun.

It's a pretty harsh penalty too, because the offense shows blatant disregard of society, like getting caught driving under a suspension. they throw the book at such people.

Maybe they saved his old number for him.

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 12:53 AM

12. Don't fuck with the blue state of New Mexico. Glad they got his ass. Lizard lost that one.

Lots of good, progressive folks there. I love that state.

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 02:11 AM

13. There should be kidnapping charges for this mutant...nt

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 08:37 AM

14. Got your cameo outfit..slack jawed large bellied winger...

extremist...against what? Poor, usually exhausted mexican wanting a better life..

?quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale

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Response to Maxheader (Reply #14)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 08:56 AM

15. I didn't even notice the guy in the camo outfit.

He was so well hidden.

I bet it works just as flawlessly in the fucking Southwestern desert, too.

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Response to Dave Starsky (Reply #15)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 11:29 AM

17. The sort of person who loves to drive his OHV in protected wilderness

and saves the bodies on endangered species he kills as trophies

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Sun Apr 21, 2019, 05:00 PM

20. Member of armed militia who detained migrants faced similar charges in 2006

Source: Associated Press

Member of armed militia who detained migrants faced similar charges in 2006

Associated Press in Las Cruces, New Mexico
Sun 21 Apr 2019 20.24 BST Last modified on Sun 21 Apr 2019 21.16 BST

A member of an armed civilian group that has detained migrants near the US-Mexico border who was arrested on Saturday reportedly faced similar charges in Oregon 13 years ago.

In Sunland Park, Texas on Saturday, FBI agents and local police arrested Larry Mitchell Hopkins, 69, on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms.

In Klamath county, Oregon in 2006, Hopkins was accused of impersonating a police officer and claimed to be a fugitive bounty hunter, the Santa Few New Mexican reported. In his guilty plea, Hopkins acknowledged he had given “the impression to others that I was a peace officer” while unlawfully carrying a firearm as a convicted felon.

Hopkins’ latest arrest came after federal authorities warned private groups to avoid policing the border.

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In the 2006 incident in Oregon, a sheriff’s office report said Hopkins was found at a gas station in Keno showing firearms to youth and telling them he was a police officer. Hopkins displayed a badge that said “special agent” and had numerous medals pinned to his shirt, according to the report obtained by the Santa Fe New Mexican.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/apr/21/member-armed-militia-detained-migrants-similar-charges-2006

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Response to PSPS (Original post)

Mon Apr 22, 2019, 06:10 AM

21. Good

I hope he gets all the due process he denied those he held and a long sentence is imposed.

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