Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal:

A judge has granted permission for Minneapolis police to search the phone records of a man they suspect of inciting a string of fires and looting that engulfed the city in the days following the May 25 killing of George Floyd.

According to an affidavit filed in the Fourth Judicial District court in Minnesota, the man—known as “Umbrella Man” from viral videos that show him dressed all in black and holding a black umbrella—is a “known associate of the Aryan Cowboys,” a white-supremacist prison gang, and a “full-fledged member” of the biker club Hells Angels.

He took a four-pound sledgehammer to an Auto Zone store near the site of the killing and spray painted “free shit for everyone zone” on the doors, Erika Christensen, an arson investigator with the Minneapolis police, writes in the affidavit.

“Within a short time after the looting started, the Auto Zone was set on fire. This was the first fire that set off a string of fires and looting throughout the precinct and the rest of the City,” according to the affidavit.

The suspect, named in the affidavit as Mitchell Wesley Carlson, hasn’t been charged with a crime. In seeking the phone records, police say they were informed of Mr. Carlson’s involvement by a tipster who told them that the man’s motives were “to sow discord and racial unrest.”

There were claims that white supremacists were at those protests early on trying to incite the crowds to engage in property destruction and violence, and now we have evidence that those claims were accurate. 

So we have Right-Wing agitators trying to create discord that Donald Trump can then use as evidence of Left-Wing rioters so that he can send in federal troops and use the footage of clashes with the police and property destruction in his campaign ads. 

Sounds like some of these people got played. 

What I want to know is who organized these agitators and if they are linked to the GOP or the Trump campaign?