Confederate Heritage Terrorism: Alleged Mississippi Confederate Heritage activist makes good on "harmless" online threat, shared Virginia Flagger and Sons of Confederate Veterans posts on social media
|Alleged Mississippi Confederate Heritage Terrorist, Marshall Leonard. (Image courtesy of Fox 13 Memphis)|
Via the Star Tribune/Associated Press:
"Police: Man threw bomb into Wal-Mart because chain quit selling Mississippi flags
TUPELO, Miss. — A man who's known for flying a 4-foot-long Mississippi state flag on his car has been accused of bombing a Wal-Mart because the chain stopped selling the flag, the police chief said Monday.
The explosive made a loud bang but did no damage when it was thrown early Sunday into the 24-hour Wal-Mart in Tupelo, Police Chief Bart Aguirre said Monday. He said bomb technicians reported that the package held enough explosive to damage the store if it had been assembled differently."
|Marshall Leonard shares a meme on Facebook that reads "#IamAChristian". (Image courtesy of Facebook)|
"Marshall E. Leonard of Tupelo, a northeast Mississippi city of 34,500, was jailed on a charge of detonating an explosive, and police were searching his car and home, Aguirre said.
Wal-Mart is among retailers that stopped selling merchandise bearing reproductions of the Confederate battle flag — which makes up the upper left section of the Mississippi state flag — after the June 17 killing of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Some Mississippi cities and institutions also have stopped flying the state flag."
|An eerily cryptic Facebook post by alleged bomber Marshall Leonard hours before detonating an explosive device at a Walmart. (Image courtesy of Facebook)|
""He's a strong supporter of keeping that flag flying. ... This is his way of bringing attention to that," Aguirre said.
Leonard did not yet have an attorney who could comment Monday, Aguirre said. His bond hearing probably will be held Tuesday, and the judge will appoint an attorney if Leonard, who lives alone and has no job, cannot afford one, the police chief said.
Aguirre says Leonard allegedly lit a newspaper-wrapped package and threw it into the store around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
"An employee was sitting the vestibule taking a break. He told the employee to run — that he was going to blow the place up. He throws this package into the front entrance of Wal-Mart. He flees and the employee flees," Aguirre said.
He said Leonard's silver Mazda is bedecked with stickers of the Mississippi state flag and the Confederate battle flag, and it sports a big state flag on a flexible pole. Leonard was arrested about 2 a.m. for running a red light near the Wal-Mart, Aguirre said."
|Alleged Confederate Heritage Terrorist Marshall Leonard warned 2 months ago on social media that Walmart would be his "first target". (Image courtesy of Disqus)|
The alleged bomber's social media accounts show that he wasn't much different then your average, run-of-the-mill Confederate Heritage Activist (CHA) in ideology. He was pissed about all things Confederate Flag, had taken on the role of permanent victim, and espoused threatening rhetoric (the type Connie Chastain portrays as harmless) including writing on Disqus within the last two months, "But since Walmart Started this whole mess, Their my first target." Here is a sampling of some of Leonard's online activity:
|Alleged bomber Marshall Leonard shared a post by the political agitator Confederate Heritage group the Virginia Flaggers. (Image courtesy of Facebook)|
|Marshall Leonard shares a Sons of Confederate Veterans post. (Image courtesy of Facebook)|
|Alleged Walmart bomber Marshall Leonard with the White Confederate Heritage communities favorite Black prop HK Edgerton. (Image courtesy of Facebook)|
|Marshall Leonard shares a League of the South hate group post about the Southern Poverty Law Center.|
A comment under the post calls it a "Declaration of War" to which Leonard replies "Right On Allen!"
(Image courtesy of Facebook)
|Marshall Leonard shares a discredited conspiracy theory post about Americans being forcibly implanted with RFID chips. These types of false conspiracy theory stories are shared rampantly on the far-Right and contribute to their extreme paranoia. (Image courtesy of Facebook)|