A Texas man accused of opening fire outside a Dallas courthouse uploaded right-wing memes to Facebook, including memes about Nazism and the Confederacy.
Authorities said Brian Clyde, 22, assaulted the Earle Cabell federal courthouse Monday morning before law enforcement killed him. No one else was reported injured. A Dallas Morning News photograph of Clyde testifies him holding a semi-automatic rifle and wearing a belt full of ammo. He appears to have uploaded to his Facebook page a picture of same magazines on Saturday. Elsewhere on the sheet, he shared memes, some of which advocated prejudiced or misogynist views.
Authorities did not offer a probable motivating for Clyde’s frenzy and declined to comment on his social media proximity.
Wearing a ski mask and what appeared to be a bulletproof vest, Clyde reportedly opened fire on spectators near the courthouse parking lot. He then apparently fired on the building, crushing the glass breast openings. Police later detonated what they described as a questionable manoeuvre in the car Clyde parked nearby.
Last week, Clyde uploaded a Facebook video suggesting plans with a gun.
” I don’t know how much longer I have, but a whirlwind is coming. However, I’m not without protection ,” he said in the summary video, pulling out a rifle.” I’m fuckin’ ready. Let’s get it on .”
On Saturday, he uploaded an image of 10 shoot periodicals. On Sunday, he uploaded an image of a sword with the caption” A modern gladius to defend the modern Republic .”
Clyde served in the Army from 2015 to 2017, though detailed information on his accomplish were not. Del Mar College rolled him as a alumnu with as associate’s position in May.
He regularly posted memes that suggested opennes with the far-right internet.
” When Libertarians and NatSocs meet on the battlefield during the course of its Boogaloo ,” predicted the caption of one meme, which shows the Power Rangers and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles teaming up. (” NatSoc” is short for” national left-wing ,” a Nazi ideology.)
In late May, he affixed a meme about ceasing meme radicals that vetoed bullying, transphobia, and racism. An April meme indicated” the solution to all of our nation’s political problems” by incorporating some libertarian and eco-friendly dogmata into far-right authoritarianism, represented by a lettuce pennant with a Nazi swastika in the middle.
A May 4 post attacked Infowars founder Alex Jones for its statement of claim about massive systems of pedophiles. Other poles advocated transphobic and anti-feminist views.
Multiple memes referenced the Confederate flag. In November, he affixed a picture of a person wearing full medieval armor while nursing a handgun and an anime body pillow. While not inherently government, anime body pillows are a running joke in the 4chan-right. He likewise participated in medieval live act roleplaying, which is also apolitical but has a large fanbase on the extreme right.
Other posts indicate a heavy involvement in gun culture. He announced about adoration artillery pictures, made an ASMR video with an AR-1 5, and in January announced about exercising imperfect lowers” to get out California &# x27; s asinine shot principles .” Incomplete lowers be attributed to partially-built shoots that can be purchased and assembled in states that prohibit buying the accomplished guns.
In a February 2018 berth, he revealed some of his political beliefs.” Hobbies: shooting commies and Manifest Destiny ,” he wrote.
On Monday afternoon, laborers at the courthouse were being heralded back into the building by patrolmen with the Dallas Police Department, the FBI and ATF. The parking lot in which Clyde was killed remained cordoned off by various blockings Monday afternoon as business returned to regular in greater downtown. A heavy police vicinity remained as the lunch hour passed and detectives acted inside a large perimeter of several blockages surrounding the courthouse, compiling evidence.