Jurgens can be seen wearing the customary green hat in video from the night of the attack. He was accused of domestic terrorism and was granted $5,000 bond after his arrest.
His status as an attorney with the National Lawyers Guild as a legal observer, however, was brought into question by Kyle Seraphin, a former agent with the FBI.
USA Today's "national correspondent for extremism & emerging issues" Will Carless responded to reports that an SPLC attorney, Jurgens, was arrested by police after the arson attack on the site of the training facility. Defending Jurgens, Carless said:
"While it's correct that a lawyer for the @splcenter was, indeed, arrested and charged in the #StopCopCity protests in Atlanta, he was there as a legal observer. Important to note that innocent people get arrested, then released, at protests like this all the time."
"The 'legal observers' in Portland," Seraphin said, "were linked via radio to the Antifa mob and acting as countersurveillance and spotters for the Antifa security elements. This 'legal observer' faces charges for domestic terrorism, so I'm comfortable guessing the local cops saw through the veil."
Seraphin told The Post Millennial about legal observers he encountered in Portland in September 2020, when he and other FBI teams were sent to the area to assist with the massive ongoing protests in the wake of George Floyd's death in police custody on May 25 in Minnesota, Minn.
He saw firsthand legal observers working in concert with protestors, seeking to disrupt law enforcement activity. As Seraphin and his team observed a subject involved in their investigation, a woman who was identified as a legal observer began to watch them, recording their license number and acting as what Seraphin called a "spotter," what is essentially a lookout.
The FBI witnessed her using her radio and relaying information on the location of the FBI agents, including calling out Seraphin's license plate number. Another agent, whose license was also allegedly revealed to activists by the legal observer, was surrounded by an activist security team on bikes.
"This woman clearly called out a surveillance team for a security response and ran him off," Seraphin said, "which wasn't dangerous to us, but it's really it's pretty aggressive. Like, yeah, MS-13 doesn't do that."
Seraphin and his team submitted a thorough report to authorities in Portland to detail what they had seen, and the activist nature of the legal observers that they had witnessed.
Authorities in Portland, Seraphin said, were less interested in the report and the malfeasance of the observers than they were in maintaining their status as ineffectual law enforcers in a city overrun with activists.
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