AFRICANGLOBE – In the past, he has called for the U.S. military to bomb Mecca. He made a point of standing outside a military recruiting office in Georgia with a rifle in his hands allegedly to provide the center with protection, he said, but was also accused of harassment.
Almost a year later, the former police officer and ardent Donald Trump supporter has put out a “clarion call” for “lone wolf patriots” to join him at the GOP convention in Cleveland this summer to confront Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
“I am encouraging patriots and Trump supporters and those that support liberty and freedom to come lawfully armed with lethal and non-lethal weaponry,” Jim Stachowiak said in a video posted on his YouTube over the weekend.
Stachowiak has a lengthy criminal history, according to ABC affiliate WJBF. In 2008, while working as a public safety officer at Augusta State University, his certification was revoked after three years following a misconduct investigation, the station reported. Two years later, WJBF noted, Stachowiak was arrested and charged with criminal defamation for stealing a man’s picture from a social networking site, posting it elsewhere and labeling the individual a terrorist.
By his own admission, he’s been banned from Facebook at least four times.
In his latest video, Stachowiak accused activists with Black Lives Matter – which he refers to as “Black Lies Matter” – of threatening to kill Trump and planning to disrupt the gathering of Republican leadership.
“They have threatened to cause riots in Cleveland and nationwide,” Stachowiak said. “It is our sworn duty and obligation for all those like me and many of you who have taken the oath to defend this country against all enemies foreign and domestic.”
A spokesman for the Cleveland Police Department claims that she had no information about Stachowiak or what sort of precautions the department might take in light of his plans.
Audrey Scagnelli, national press secretary for the Republican committee organizing the convention, offered the following statement when asked about Stachowiak’s video.
“For the past year planners have been working closely with the Secret Service, the FBI, and additional state, local and federal partners to make sure delegates, attendees and residents of the city of Cleveland are safe during the Convention.
Law enforcement partners are monitoring and investigating threats and information related to building and implementing a security plan.”
The Southern Poverty Law Center considers Stachowiak a member of the resurgent “Patriot Movement,” whose members subscribe to a conspiratorial, anti-government ideology based on the belief that federal authorities seek to confiscate people’s guns, impose martial law and force the United States into a socialistic “New World Order.”
Mark Potok of the SPLC called Stachowiak a “loose cannon” who is “not quite in contact with reality,” but noted that he should still be considered dangerous.
“People like him make these kinds of statements very frequently and sometimes it leads to real trouble,” Potok said. “When you’re encouraging an armed confrontation — even if you’re supposedly keeping it legal – you’re inviting trouble.”
In his latest video, Stachowiak says he’s hoping to “spark a revolution,” but in the past he told the SPLC that his actions are always defensive in nature.
“I’d rather go to a movie or make payments on a jet ski, but I have to buy ammo,” he said in 2010. “I’m concerned about civil unrest, my neighbors going crazy, round-ups, foreign troops, the New World Order.”
Despite their anti-government impulses, Potok says that many in the Patriot Movement have rallied around the candidacy of Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, because of his stances on several issues.
“Unlike the white supremacists that support Trump, the core of their support isn’t based on racism, but they certainly are opposed to immigration, very much in favor of the 2nd Amendment and they think that big government is a wicked thing,” Potok said. “They’re sort of Republican beliefs on steroids. They’re nationalists and Trump is certainly a super-nationalist.”
When it comes to Black Live Matters supporters, Stachowiak said in his YouTube video that he believed they “want to attack those of us for merely supporting a candidate.”
He added: “Let’s answer the call, people.”
His opinions aren’t limited to the Black Lives Matter movement, according to reports. On his Internet radio show, WJBF reported, Stachowiak accused Mohammad of being a child rapist and called Islam a “mental disorder.”
Last year, a Muslim woman who identified herself as Hawwa told WJBF she saw Stachowiak standing outside the military recruiting center. He followed her into a nearby store to get her to notice his shirt, she told the station.
“On the front it says, ‘Burn the Koran,’ ” she said. “On the back, it said something really bad about Allah.”
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office told the station at the time that Stachowiak had done nothing illegal.
“You don’t egg on somebody like that,” Hawwa told the station. “Ultimately, you should feel sorry for him.”
By: Peter Holley