A Trump supporter has infiltrated an Antifa group in Sonoma County, California, and released recordings of an online meeting between the far-left militants who had discussed killing cops and doxing targeted individuals.
ABC7's investigative team has been uncovering the group's potential connection to recent acts of vandalism, including an incident last week at the former residence of Derek Chauvin defense witness ex-Santa Rosa police Officer Barry Brodd.
Brodd testified as an expert on use-of-force practice in the contentious George Floyd trial, defending the former Minneapolis police officer's actions. Four days after the witness delivered testimony, masked figures in black hurled a severed pig's head and pig blood at the house where Brodd used to live in West Santa Rosa.
Santa Rosa police suspected the same culprits defaced the hand statue in front of the Santa Rosa Plaza mall with blood, posting an "oink oink" sign. The ABC7 investigative team has found new suspected insight into that attack and other criminal activities from the Sonoma County business owner and Trump supporter.
The unnamed infiltrator provided reporters with tapings of the Antifa group's planning sessions and what he described as the organization's "target list."
After reading SoCo [Sonoma County] Radical Action's manifesto on Medium, ABC7's source determined that the organization's presence was "a threat to the community" and that "somebody needed to do something about this."
The manifesto titled, "[T]his guillotine is for you," tells its followers that "the brick in the street is meant to be thrown," "the paint in the can is meant to be sprayed," and "the cop in your head is meant to be killed!" The Trump supporter was able to join the group that communicates through the encrypted messaging app Wickr.
SoCo Radical Action's group leader goes by the screen name "Marb," a 25-year-old college student who was arrested for felony assault of an office last year at an Oakland riot after George Floyd's death. The district attorney declined at the time to file charges against the riot arrestee, ABC7 News reported.
Marb had debated naming the group "SoCo Antifa," back when the Trump supporter made the recording in March. "It was originally SoCo Antifa and people didn't like that. People didn't like that we called ourselves Antifa," said Marb.
Another member answered, noting that authorities have "an eye out" for Antifa groups across the country: "Well, more than that. They were like, 'We're gonna get on the FBI watch list.' Remember?"
Marb also talked about that same hand statue being vandalized on other occasions. "Did someone use stencils?" one of the members asked. "Freehand!" replied Marb.
"Oh, really? Okay," the member commented. "Yeah. It was actually a lot easier for this situation," Marb continued, presumed to be referring to the signage.
The infiltrator told the investigative team that he copied what the group calls its "target list," consisting of individuals the members want to "dox," which means to publish private information such as addresses and phone numbers to surveil.
Brodd was placed at the top of the list and within an hour of the aforementioned attack on the use-of-force expert's home, Marb was back on Wickr at 3:48 a.m. noting to the group that "some comrades took action" at the house "owned by Barry Brodd," the group leader named, asking "if someone could swing by in the morning and get pictures" as SoCo Radical Action would be "very grateful!"
The list includes the deputy sheriff's union head, what the group labels "killer deputies" know as officers involved in fatal confrontations, and Trump supporters like Santa Rosa Republican Women Federated president Sandy Metzger.
Metzger came out against Antifa and Black Lives Matter. When asked by ABC7 News if the list placement concerns Metzger, who is elderly, she answered yes, "but that's not going to stop me from speaking out. Somebody has to speak out."
According to the recordings, SoCo Radical Action has surveyed Metzger's house.
"We went to Sandy Metzger's house," Marb snickered. "Yeah, we went to see the Metzger's house, but it was too late at night to do any real observing," another member added to the conversation. "We just wanted to see where it was," Marb said. "The place is huge," the member observed.
On that same recording, Marb appears to discuss plans for May 1: "I think it'd be sick to organize something a little more extreme for National Workers Day."
"It's May Day, baby, like come out and take, take somethin' over with us. I don't, I don't [bleep] know," Marb said. "Let's kill people," another member laughed. "Let's kill some cops," Marb specified. "Yes."
The infiltrator has been in contact with both the sheriff's department and Santa Rosa Police regarding the potential threat this weekend.
Lt. Jeneane Kucker told ABC7 News: "I don't know of any specific threats to my knowledge that have been made. But obviously, if threats are made, we're going to take those very seriously, and we're going to look into that."
Marb refused ABC7's interview attempts, but the infiltrator intercepted one message from the group leader about the requests for comment.
"To firmly restate our position, nobody, myself included, should cooperate with press or cops," declared Marb to SoCo Radical Action.
The infiltrator told the investigative team he's been careful about protecting his identity during interactions with SoCo Radical Action that began last year.
"It felt like seeing Antifa getting sort of a pass all the time from government saying they don't exist, saying that they're a myth, saying that they're just an idea. You know, when obviously, they are very real, and they're a big threat," he said.
Since the story's coverage started, Marb has been scrubbing his social media presence, ABC7 News reported, both public and private accounts.
Antifa sympathizers have since berated ABC7 News reporter Dan Noyes online for the journalist's report Thursday. Many tried to downplay the violent Antifa movement as "just as idea" and ABC7's work as conspiratorial.
"Wow, you got played here, friend-o," tweeted Antifa apologist Donovan Farley. "Utterly used. Leave this sort of coverage to journalists who have been putting our safety on the line for years to do so and who actually know what we're doing."
Farler was one of the writers behind the VICE fluff piece on Antifa shooter Michael Reinoehl and provided positive coverage for the Antifa fugitive who fled the state after murdering Trump supporter Aaron Danielson in Portland. Farley's writing helps Antifa "gain more mainstream acceptance," he admitted himself.
TruthOrFiction.com managing editor Brooke Binkowski, who's verified on Twitter, responded to Noyes: "You got played, my dude."
"This should be on headline news across the United States," The Post Millennial's editor-at-large Andy Ngo countered, explaining later that Antifa feels threatened and is lashing out at Noyes for the reporter's coverage and unmasking.