White supremacist group members charged in intimidation case


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DETROIT (AP) — Two Michigan men who authorities say are members of a national white supremacist group have been arrested for threats made to an Ann Arbor-area family.

The state attorney general says Justen Watkins of Bad Axe and Alfred Gorman of Taylor were charged Thursday with gang membership, unlawful posting of a message and using computers to commit a crime.

“Using tactics of intimidation to incite fear and violence constitutes criminal behavior,” Nessel said.

“We cannot allow dangerous activities to reach their goal of inflicting violence and harm on the public. I am proud to work alongside law enforcement agencies at the local, state and federal levels to safeguard the public’s safety from these serious threats.” 

The charges follow an investigation into a group called The Base and a December 2019 incident in which a family in Dexter saw men in dark clothing shining a light and taking photos on their porch.

The photos were uploaded onto social media with a caption alluding to an antifa podcast.

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