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SONOMA COUNTY, CA – Back in late April, a local ABC outlet in the Los Angeles area interviewed a self-identified “Trump supporter” who had allegedly managed to infiltrate an Antifa cell in Sonoma County.
What the individual shared about this particular far-left group, by way of private messages and recovered conversations allegedly shared by group members, reaffirmed concerns that many already hold regarding the exploits of far-left groups in the country.
However, the proclamations made by the alleged group infiltrator may also be too good to be true (more on that below).
EXCLUSIVE: Trump supporter shares what he uncovered after infiltrating anti-fascist group in Sonoma Co.https://t.co/X8S0URvtN1
— NEWS MAKER (@NEWS_MAKER) April 30, 2021
This self-identified Trump supporter, who concealed his identity during the interview to maintain his cover, shared evidence linking this purported Antifa cell’s activities to instances of witness intimidation, planned violence and surveilling of police and private citizens they deem to be enemies.
The far-left group discussed during the interview is called “SoCo Radical Action”, which the infiltrator found details of their manifesto and presence in Sonoma County and decided to do something to expose this alleged group’s exploits:
“So, I saw that they were here, I read their manifesto, and I could tell that they were a threat to the community, and somebody needed to do something about this.”
Among the acts partially attributed to the group, according to the messages shared by someone described as a group leaders within the cell that the infiltrator presented, was the targeting of what these far-left militants believed was the home of former Santa Rosa Police Officer Barry Brodd.
For those unfamiliar, Brodd was a witness during the trial of Derek Chauvin who, on April 14th, testified that he, “felt that Derek Chauvin was justified,” in his use of force against George Floyd.
Four days after that delivered testimony, a group of individuals arrived at the home they believed to be Brodd’s and threw a severed pig head and pig blood at the door and garage of the home.
However, Brood hadn’t resided in said residence for over a year when the incident happened.
This Trump supporter that infiltrated the alleged group showed that SoCo Radical Action primarily communicates through an app called Wickr, which is one of the many modern encrypted messaging apps available to the public.
According to the infiltrator, getting into the group was as simple as reciting to key members talking points that resonate with these sorts of extremist groups:
“I said, ‘Comrade, you know, I, I want to smash the system the same as you,’ you know, make them not feel alone, because that’s what they really want to hear to know that there’s more people like them.”
This manifesto reportedly belonging to SoCo Radical Action notes the following:
“[E]nough! [W]e have waited too long already! [W]hat good is chanting “all cops are bastards” when we allow ourselves to become the cops, the bastards–when we police each other and demand unity and patience? [D]o not hesitate, do not wait: the State will never show you such remorse or mercy. [T]he brick in the street is meant to be thrown! [T]he paint in the can is meant to be sprayed! [T]he cop in your head is meant to be killed!”
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But something about this alleged infiltration just doesn’t sit right.
The interview makes mention of an alleged leader referred to as “Marb” who allegedly had been arrested for “felony assault on a police officer” back in 2020 during a riot in Oakland following the death of George Floyd.
It was alleged during the interview that “the district attorney declined to file charges,” against this “Marb” individual for this purported 2020 arrest during an Oakland riot.
However, we at Law Enforcement Today couldn’t locate any additional details on who this “Marb” person is based upon the limited details afforded during the interview.
While there are absolutely genuine Antifa cells and other like-minded groups, it’s also difficult to substantiate whether “SoCo Radical Action” is, indeed, one of these groups.
When employing a manipulated search through Google, trying to find mention of the term “SoCo Radical Action”, the only result that is returned is a desolate Instagram account that seems to date back to December of 2020.
This was accomplished by searching for the alleged group’s name through Google and manipulating the search result dates to a couple weeks before the interview between ABC7 and the individual claiming to be an infiltrator.
During the interview, it was also claimed that “SoCo Radical Action” had at one time been referred to as “SoCo Antifa”, but the name was subsequently changed.
A verbatim search on Google for that term prior to the interview occurring returned zero perfect matches of the words “SoCo Antifa” cropping up anywhere online.
While there are certainly protests, demonstrations and riots that happen to this day – and the attempted witness intimidation incident of Brodd is very real – it seems a little late in the Antifa game to be creating groups and off-shoots in December of 2020.
Then we need to look back at the manifesto cited during the interview, which comes from a blog hosted on Medium (socoradicalaction.medium.com) which was created on November 6th of 2020.
Just one month before the private Instagram account.
This SoCo Radical Action blog has only four people following the blog and has posted no other content at all.
If this were genuinely a blog crafted and maintained by anyone among the far-left protest circles, there would be constant content and a lot of followers reading the material.
One has to keep in mind, the actual Antifa-inspired groups have enormous social media presences – with social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram being among the most popular for associates and enthusiasts/supporters.
This self-proclaimed infiltrator’s claims throughout the interview are based upon highly questionable allegations of a “group” that seems manufactured, rather than actually operating and existing.
Once again, while there are Antifa-inspired groups that are strikingly similar to the one described during the ABC7 interview, it’s seems all the more likely that this “Trump supporter” was part in parcel to just wanting to create a story of a fictitious Antifa offshoot being infiltrated.
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