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Date: May 20, 2021

The self-proclaimed leader of a Michigan-based white supremacist group, The Base, will remain in jail as the case against him progresses.

Bond was recently revoked for Justen Watkins, 25, of Bad Axe, after District Court Judge Cedric Simpson discovered new criminal charges were filed against him in Huron County, which violated his bond.

Citing the bond violations, the lack of a permanent residence Watkins would be staying at, as well as difficulties in ensuring he would have no contact with the hate group, Simpson declined to reinstate bond at a hearing on Monday, May 17.

Watkins, charged in Washtenaw County with one count each of gang membership, unlawful posting of a message and using a computer to commit a crime, is accused of terrorizing a family in Dexter after mistaking their home for the home of a podcaster who speaks out against white supremacists, according to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

Read more: MLive

Federal authorities arrested a Florida man Tuesday for breaching the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, accusing him of shoving police officers and then boasting about his confrontations in an Instagram video — the latest in a string of people who have been charged with participating in the riot after openly bragging about it on social media.

The Justice Department says it’s arrested more than 400 people in connection with the Jan. 6 riots, with charges ranging from unlawful entry to more serious offenses like conspiracy and assaulting police. Some of the alleged rioters were not very discreet. Federal authorities have arrested several people who admitted to breaking into the Capitol on online platforms: A New York man sent boastful messages about the riot on the dating app Bumble, a Texas couple wrote on Facebook that they “fought the cops,” and two unrelated people yelled out their first and last names during Facebook Live videos of themselves breaching the Capitol. Plus, multiple people have been arrested after giving interviews to media outlets about the riot, a father and son were caught because one of them told coworkers they broke into the building, and a man was fired for openly wearing his company ID badge to the riot.

Read more: Forbes

Members of a congressional subcommittee held a hearing on Wednesday discussing testimonies from several 1921 Tulsa race massacre survivors as the centennial of the event approaches.

The purpose of the hearing is to discuss and explore possible pathways of compensation for the survivors of the massacre and their families.

One of the survivors testifying is 107-year-old Viola "Mother" Fletcher, who is the oldest known living massacre survivor today. Fletcher is one of several survivors that will host the Black Wall Street Legacy Festival later this month.

Fletcher and the others are expected to discuss the lawsuit filed by the survivors and their families that demand compensation due to being impacted by the massacre and the ongoing trauma the tragedy caused.

Read more: KJRH (Oklahoma)

Five people, including a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of right-wing terrorism offences.

Officers carried out a series of raids in Keighley, in West Yorkshire, Swindon and Anglesey in Wales.

Following the arrests, bomb disposal experts were called to a property in Keighley after officers discovered "potentially suspicious material".

A cordon has been put in place around the property and a number of nearby homes have been evacuated, police said.

Counter Terrorism Policing North East (CTPNE) said two men, aged 29 and 30, and a 28-year-old woman have been arrested in Keighley on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.

Read more: BBC News