American Terror

January 22, 1997

Authorities raid the Martinton, Ill., home of former Marine Ricky Salyers, an alleged Ku Klux Klan member, discovering 35,000 rounds of heavy ammunition, armor piercing shells, smoke and tear gas grenades, live shells for grenade launchers, artillery shells and other military gear. Salyers was discharged earlier from the Marines, where he taught demolitions and sniping, after tossing a live grenade (with the pin still in) at state police officers serving him with a search warrant in 1995. Following the 1997 raid, Salyers, an alleged member of the underground Black Dawn group of extremists in the military, is sentenced to serve three years for weapons violations. He is released from prison in 2000.

From:
The Second Wave: Return of the Militias
Southern Poverty Law Center Special Report

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2 Responses

  1. A three year sentence for tossing a live grenade at police officers? Whether the pin was in or not should make no difference whatsoever. One product of the military worship that has been accelerating in the last quarter century is that a white marine is let off with a slap on the wrist, where a similar crime by a civilian or non-white soldier would be punished with more than a decade in prison at the very least.

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  2. Maybe the grenade didn’t actually hit a cop… probably a hit might have got him another year.

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