Meet Roy Warden

Peter Walker on Facebook:

From Roy Warden, organizer of Tucson’s “Justice for LaVoy” rally, March 5:

“I will bet that even now “patriots” are polishing 30-06 rounds (I know ex-military types highly proficient with the 50 caliber round) vowing to “make a name for themselves,” eager for history to record them as “the man who took the shooters down.” So, if I was a member of the crew who “took down” LaVoy Finicum. I would know this: no matter where you hide, you and your families will be exposed. Your ONLY hope is for “justice” to prevail. If I was you I would frog-march my sorry ass down and throw myself at the feet of the nearest U.S. Attorney and beg, literally beg for an indictment and a trial. Because; until you are tried and acquitted in your community by a jury of your peers, your lives will continue to be worth less than a bucket of warm spit.© 2/19/16 Roy Warden”

So Roy Warden is inciting murder.

One subthread on that post is about a guy called Gary Hunt who was at the illegal “occupation” of Malheur. He’s a fan of Timothy McVeigh and, according to the commenter who met him at Malheur, said “The only thing that McVeigh did wrong was not bombing at night.” She says the media ignored him, and she wonders why. She took a photo of him, which she posted on the thread.

And another sleuth pointed out that the SPLC knows Roy Warden. They wrote about him in 2006:

Brandishing insults and a gun, Roy Warden routinely threatens Latinos with death. Some observers fear the worst.

TUCSON, Ariz. — Sunday services were under way inside St. Augustine’s Cathedral. Outside, the summer air was still and quiet except for a few birds chirping in a courtyard near the entrance. But the serenity was doomed. A car pulled up, and a graying, bespectacled man carrying a handgun and a loudspeaker got out, two cameramen in tow.

Working fast, he positioned a collection of lawn chairs on the public sidewalk in front of the Catholic cathedral, then encircled the lawn chairs with what appeared to be a series of pink jump ropes and planted two American flags. With the bravado of a professional wrestler, he then stepped into the roped-off ring he’d constructed, threw down a Mexican flag, and ceremoniously stomped on it, grinding his heel for the cameras.

Then he turned on the loudspeaker and addressed the worshippers inside St. Augustine’s.

“You people don’t seem to understand forbidden territory, whether it’s a child’s anus or the American border! You just want to push on in, don’t you?” he screamed, his face flushed with anger. “We are going to be driving you back to Mexico real goddamn soon!” Spit flew from his mouth. “Get used to it! My name is Roy Warden, and I burn Mexican flags!”

Now he’s inciting vigilante murder of cops. (Cops don’t always get everything right, but they don’t always get everything wrong, either. They gave LaVoy Finicum plenty of time to surrender.)

With a fanny pack loaded with water bottles strapped to his belly, a Glock 9mm on his hip, and a bullhorn to amplify his outrage, Roy Warden, 59, emerged this spring as one of the country’s most controversial, volatile, and, many believe, dangerous characters of the anti-immigration movement. Along with occasional sidekicks Russ Dove, a former militia leader and convicted car thief, and Laine Lawless, the founder of the group Border Guardians who earlier this year urged neo-Nazis to terrorize Hispanics, Warden has burned and trampled Mexican flags in public, nearly started at least one riot, regularly wreaked havoc on Tucson City Council proceedings, and E-mailed a death threat to a prominent local public defender.

Ten years later, he’s still threatening and inciting.

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