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The deceased criminal suspect, Winston Boogie Smith, whom some Minneapolis residents rioted and looted on behalf of Thursday evening, turns out to have been a convicted felon, habitual criminal and woman beater.
“Smith’s criminal record includes 20 convictions, mostly for minor traffic and parking violations, plus three marijuana charges — and [an] aggravated robbery conviction in which his ex-girlfriend was beaten until her face was swollen and bloody, court documents show,” Fox News confirmed Friday.
Smith was fatally shot by U.S. Marshals on Thursday after he reportedly fired his gun on them while being arrested for an open warrant related to a case involving the illegal possession of a gun. As a convicted felon, he was not allowed to own one.
“Court records show the warrant was issued after Smith failed to appear for sentencing May 19 in Ramsey County District Court. He had been charged with two felonies in November 2019 when officers found him at a White Bear Lake apartment with a loaded handgun in his car,” according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Initial reports claimed he’d merely drawn his weapon during Thursday’s encounter. However, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued a statement to the Post-Dispatch confirming that he’d outright opened fire.
“The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the shooting, said in a statement that members of a U.S. Marshals Service fugitive task force approached Smith, who was in a parked car atop a parking ramp at W. Lake Street and S. Fremont Avenue,” the Post-Dispatch reported.
“Authorities said task force members were tipped off to the location of a man wanted on a warrant for being a felon in possession of a gun and tried to arrest him. Details of what happened next are still murky, but a preliminary investigation shows that a Hennepin County sheriff’s deputy and a Ramsey County deputy shot Smith, reportedly after he brandished a gun. Smith died at the scene,” the outlet added.
After the fatal shooting, authorities found a handgun and spent shell casings in Smith’s car, strongly suggesting that he’d opened fire during the melee.
After the shooting, rioting and looting by Black Lives Matter extremists erupted in Minneapolis, a “call for justice” for Smith began trending on social media.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) June 4, 2021
As previously reported, there have been no similar “calls for justice” for 9-year-old Trinity Ottoson-Smith and 6-year-old Aniya Allen, both of whom were killed after being shot by criminals just like Smith.
Nor has there been any “calls for justice” for Ladavionne Garrett Jr., who remains in critical condition after having been shot in the head in late May while sitting in the back seat of his parents’ car.
There also appears to have never been a “call for justice” for Smith’s ex-girlfriend.
What’s known about Smith is that he himself appears to have been a Black Lives Matter extremist. One video reportedly shared to his Instagram account just seven weeks ago showed him demanding that his fellow extremists stop “protesting peacefully.”
“F–k anybody who peaceful right now. Go get y’all gasoline at the gas station. Go get some dish soap. If you scared you don’t got no gun, you don’t need no gun. Go get some dish soap, go get some glue, get some bleach, some honey some shit that you can f–king throw at these f–ks. Ain’t nobody gonna be begging for no justice!” he said.
In another video, he vowed to bring weapons to BLM’s so-called “protests.”
Despite his history of criminality, violence and incendiary rhetoric, Smith’s friends and family appear adamant that he’s the real victim.
“Community members and Smith’s friends and family gathered Friday, demanding answers. They held a memorial across the street from Stella’s Fish Cafe, where Smith had what became his final meal Thursday afternoon before task force members tried to arrest him on a warrant for weapons-related charges,” according to the Post-Dispatch.
They’re now demanding to see bodycam footage from the arrest, but there is none because the arrest wasn’t conducted by police — it was conducted by the Marshals.
“Authorities said there is no squad camera footage, and the deputies involved also weren’t wearing body cameras because they were operating under the rules of the U.S. Marshals’ North Star Fugitive Task Force, which don’t allow the devices,” the Post-Dispatch noted.
According to Smith’s friends and family, he’d been an aspiring comedian and musician who’d gone by the alias “Wince Me Boi.”
“He was always a lively person … somebody who just wanted to make you laugh,” one of his cousins told the Post-Dispatch.
Below is one of his songs:
It’s not clear what Ottoson-Smith and Allen had aspired to be when they grew up.
Unlike Smith, they were never even given a chance to try, though, for some reason, nobody seems to care about them as they do about this longtime criminal.
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