A law enforcement source has said that Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis allegedly purchased explosive material during an FBI undercover operation to possibly use during Ferguson protests.
Court documents show Baldwin and Davis were arrested and charged with the illegal purchase of two Hi-Point .45 ACP pistols.
The FBI arrested the two men earlier this week on firearms charges as part of increased law enforcement presence in ahead of a grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown.
The two men, who according to CBS news were arraigned on Friday and are said to be members of the New Black Panther Party in Missouri. They face charges of making false written statements in connection with the firearms purchase and aiding and abetting. They were, according to FBI spokeswoman Rebecca Wu, arrested on outstanding warrants.
FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Two men suspected of buying explosives they planned to detonate during protests in Ferguson, Missouri, once a grand jury decides the Michael Brown case, were arrested on Friday and charged with federal firearms offenses, a law enforcement official told Reuters.
Word of the arrests, reported by a number of media outlets Friday, came ahead of the grand jury’s widely anticipated decision on whether the white police officer who fatally shot Brown, an unarmed black teenager, should be indicted on criminal charges.
The Aug. 9 slaying of 18-year-old Brown under disputed circumstances became a flashpoint for U.S. racial tensions, triggering weeks of sometimes violent protests in the St. Louis suburb by demonstrators calling for officer Darren Wilson’s arrest.
He was instead placed on administrative leave, and Ferguson has been bracing for a new wave of protests, especially if the grand jury chooses not to indict Wilson. An announcement was believed to be imminent.
Against this backdrop of heightened tensions, according to a law enforcement source, two men described as reputed members of a militant group called the New Black Panther Party, were arrested in the St. Louis area in an FBI sting operation.
The official said the two men are the same pair named in a newly unsealed federal indictment returned on Nov. 19 charging Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Davis with purchasing two pistols from a firearms dealer under false pretenses.
If we review how Ferguson has been handled by the news media and government, it indicates either a purposeful attempt to generate racial paranoia, violence and riots, or a case of incompetence and foolishness by those same two parties that is hard to fathom.
This news article is being written before the Grand Jury goes public with the decision whether or not to charge the police officer, Darren Wilson, in the shooting of Michael Brown which took place August 9th, 2014, more than 3 months ago. It is widely expected that unless an indictment is made deadly riots will break out. This generates great pressure on the Grand Jury to succumb to Mob Rule instead of searching for truth and justice.