Seven years prior to Monfort’s domestic terrorist attacks, another leftist radical educated in the area murdered a small town California police officer in hopes of triggering a revolution.
In November 2002, Andrew Mickel — a journalist at left-wing Indymedia who was educated at Evergreen State College in Olympia (just 20 miles down I-5 from the scene of Sunday’s murders) — assassinated California police officer David Mobilio in hopes of starting a war against capitalism. He bragged about the murder of Mobilio on an Indymedia web posting, saying:
Hello Everyone, my name’s Andy. I killed a Police Officer in Red Bluff, California in a motion to bring attention to, and halt, the police-state tactics that have come to be used throughout our country. Now I’m coming forward, to explain that this killing was also an action against corporate irresponsibility.
Mickel was convicted of first-degree murder in 2005 and now sits on California’s death row.
Law enforcement is a dangerous line of work and always has been, but it has been relatively rare in modern times for American police officers to be the subject of an offensive attack. Most shootings involving police officers occur as officers respond to the scene of an emergency call or during a traffic stop. It is exceedingly rare for motivated killers to seek out and “hunt” officers.
We now know that three of those rare attacks (one by Mickel, two by Monfort) in the past decade were perpetrated by college-educated leftists who may have been radicalized during the course of their education in this area, with Sunday’s murders potentially the work of a third killer who had (possibly disturbed) interest in the president and who also hated police.
Is there a cultural issue at play? While the University of Washington doesn’t have the anti-authority, radicalized reputation of UC Berkeley, Evergreen State College has certainly staked its claim as a radicalized place of learning. Prior to the infamy brought to the school by Andrew Mickel’s assassination of Mobilio, the school was perhaps best known for the death of one of its other radicalized students, Rachel Corrie. Corrie was an American member of the pro-terrorist International Solidarity Movement (ISM) and was killed as she tried to block an Israeli bulldozer that was attempting to level Palestinian homes thought to have been used to conceal weapons smuggling tunnels in Gaza.
It may very well turn out that Sunday’s ambush did not have a political motive and perhaps was merely the bloody work of a violent ex-con, but in light of the political nature of both Monfort’s and Mickel’s attacks and the possibility that Clemmons was trying to emulate Monfort, it may still be worth investigating why this area attracts individuals determined to make law enforcement officers their victims.