Proud Boy’s Social Media Posts Help Keep Him Jailed
The Proud Boys may not claim Alan Swinney, but he claims them, and has participated alongside them in protest events. Now, he’ll remain in jail, in part because of social media posts he made that prosecutors say demonstrate that his release would be dangerous.
50-year-old Swinney was arrested in Oregon in September for a list of charges, KIRO 7 reported.
…fourth-degree assault, fourth-degree attempted assault, two counts of second-degree unlawful use of mace, second-degree attempted assault, three counts of an unlawful use of a weapon, two counts of second-degree assault, menacing, and pointing a firearm at another person.
His social media posts boast about his intentions of using mace and paintballs on protestors. In one on August 22, he boasted that he had used $200 worth of mace — and asked supporters to chip in and buy more.
However, these posts turned out to work against him. According to Oregon Live, when facing a hearing to reduce bail so that he could leave jail, Swinny hit a wall. Prosecutors said that his posts show a willingness to attend protests while armed, and paint him as a ‘lightning rod’ for violence. They also cited his posts as showing a lack of respect for court orders and proceedings — including a post saying “lefty judges, DAs, city council, and mayors can get bent.”
In a post from September, before his arrest, he boasted that despite the wishes of “lefties,” he would spend no time in jail for pulling weapons on protestors, who he characterized as endangering his life.
Prosecutors also argued that Swinney has no ties to the area, maintains a residence in Texas, and would be a flight risk.