A Look At Antifa And A KELOLAND Suspect’s Reported Association

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Mark Einerwold faces charges of burglary, intentional damage to property, and possession of a controlled weapon and explosives. Law enforcement says he also has associated with Antifa.

Antifa is shorthand for “anti-fascist.” There doesn’t appear to be one official group of them. In general, they are on the left side of the political spectrum. They have been violent in some parts of the country. It’s tough to nail down exactly what they are, but now we know that a KELOLAND man associates with them.

At Wednesday morning’s police briefing in Sioux Falls, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Captain Jason Gearman talked about Einerwold’s views toward law enforcement.

“There’s a history but it’s not indicative of this type of extreme activity with his total disdain and hatred towards government and law enforcement and fire,” Gearman said. 

Gearman didn’t go into specifics, but did talk about Antifa.

“The association with Antifa really concerns us,” Gearman said. “They don’t have a list of people on their website, obviously, but his, we did find evidence that he associated himself with that.”

Antifa protesters were in Portland, Oregon two and a half weeks ago, where they clashed with right-wing activists called Patriot Prayer. They were also at the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.

Wednesday morning Gearman described Antifa simply as “a violent group.” He also sent KELOLAND’s Dan Santella a message Wednesdsay afternoon saying “[w]e haven’t dealt with them around here.”

Minnehaha County Sheriff Mike Milstead said Wednesday morning that law enforcement is looking for more information on Einerworld. 

You can send an anonymous tip in to Crime Stoppers. 

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