Dallas, Tx. (PT) – Barrett Brown, the renowned journalist, essayist, satirist, founder of Project PM, and guiding force behind the recently launched Pursuance Project, has waded into the controversial case of Amber Guyger, the Dallas police officer who allegedly shot and killed a man in an apartment unit she says she believed was her own. In a series of social media statements, posted on his Twitter handle and elsewhere on social media, Brown has stated categorically that he believes that another individual posing in a widely circulated photograph of Guyger is “flashing two different long-documented white supremacist gang signs representing Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and Peckerwoods.”
“Why is your officer #AmberGuyger posing with a guy flashing two different long-documented white supremacist gang signs representing Aryan Brotherhood of Texas and Peckerwoods?” He then goes on to add that, “In many prisons, this would be enough to validate as gang associate and put in the SHU.”
According to the Urban Dictionary, SHU is a slang term for the Secure Housing Unit or isolation facility of a maximum security prison.
Earlier, Brown had drawn his followers’ attention to an interesting Editor’s Note that had been appended to a story on the NBC5 website related to the shooting, which read as follows: “A previous version of this story included an account of events told by a Dallas police source. Due to conflicting reports of the incident from various sources, we’ve removed that account from the story.” Facts which Brown himself had earlier attempted to clarify, along with fellow Intercept journalist Shaun King.
The posts were accompanied by additional images which Brown had claimed on another social media platform;
“Signs for ‘Peckerwood’ (a somewhat amorphous white prison gang that often serves as the “default” grouping in Texas jails and prisons) and, less clearly, ‘Aryan Brotherhood of Texas’ (an independent, more regimented gang, technically separate from Aryan Brotherhood proper and fairly prominent among Texas facilities including those that I did time in.)”
Brown also pointed out in another tweet, under the hashtag #AmberGuyger, that “Much of the press, gaslighted again by alt-right trolls at 4chan, has vaguely concluded that false positives on white supremacist hand gestures (i.e. Kavanaugh hearing) means that entirely different gestures documented by prison gang units and ADL can be ignored.”
“Given that someone tried to delete the social media accounts from which these photos are taken…” Brown continued, “…and given that mindset, intent, et al will play a role in this case if charges are eventually filed, this is something that needs to be seriously addressed by the media. It’s also worth pointing out that, despite recent controversies in which people have jumped the gun in describing hand symbols as racist code, there is a huge body of documentation on this subject, since prison staff ‘validate’ (identify) gang members as a matter of routine and have spent decades studying their symbolism (particular vis a vis tattoos).”
He then added that he is “trying to get the Dallas press to pursue this further.”
If Brown’s assessment of the situation is correct, the case could have a bearing on a recently filed lawsuit against Louisiana State Police in Baton Rouge, which has featured in a news story originally reported on the WGNO website on August 30th. The lawsuit has been filed as a ‘Petition for Writ of Mandamus and Declaratory and Injunctive Relief Under the Louisiana Public Records Act’, and is part of an attempt to gain access to what this self same Writ of Mandamus describes as a compendium of law-abiding citizens who have no connection to any criminal activity in Louisiana; but who appear to be being wrongly targeted by law enforcement. There is evidence to suggest that LSP’s failure to provide the document in question may indicate links between certain elements within Louisiana State law enforcement and individuals linked to the neo-Nazi conspiracy theories website 8Chan, which appears to be the source of the original document, who LSP claim they are trying to protect.