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Alleged Cop-Killer in Pittsburgh Linked to White Supremacist Beliefs

By Mark Potok on April 5, 2009 - 2:01 pm, Posted in Extremist Crime

The man charged with murdering three Pittsburgh police officers Saturday posted messages to a racist Web forum, considered getting a white supremacist tattoo, used racial insults online, and reportedly believed that Jews control America.

Robert PoplawskiRichard Andrew Poplawski, who was arrested after a four-hour standoff that began when police intervened in a domestic dispute with his mother, said in a 2007 online profile that his “favorite cuss word[s]” included “you fucking nigger.” Around the same time, Hatewatch found, he posted a message to Stormfront.org, the largest white supremacist forum in the world, with a photograph of an eagle tattoo that he has on his chest and a mention that he was thinking about adding more tattoos. “I was considering getting life runes on the outside of my calfs [sic], or just one on my penis maybe,” he said in the posting, referring to the symbol of the National Alliance, for decades America’s leading neo-Nazi group until nearly collapsing in recent years.

At the same time, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported today, Poplawski, 22, believed that the United States was run by a secret cabal of Jews, feared an attack on gun rights, thought that U.S. troops would be used against citizens, and concluded that 30 states had already declared their “sovereignty.” He also was said to be a fan of far-right websites run by antigovernment conspiracy-monger Alex Jones. Much of the Post-Gazette’s information came from Edward Perkovic, who told the paper — and numerous other media outlets — that he was Poplawski’s lifelong best friend. Perkovic said that his friend was opposed to “Zionist propaganda” and had told him that he would “defend himself” if anyone tried to take his guns away.

Perkovic appears to share those beliefs and then some. Until the MySpace profile belonging to “Eddie Perkovic” (which mentions his friend, Richard Poplawski) was scrubbed over the weekend, it contained a wealth of neo-Nazi material captured by Hatewatch. “I must point out the dangers of … our Zionist occupied government, and a slow, painstaking movement toward censorship, mixed bloodlines that will erase national identity … and the way the Zionist media controls everything you see and heard [sic] on your television and radio’s [sic].” Perkovic goes on to recommend The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the notorious anti-Semitic forgery; The Turner Diaries, the infamous race war novel by National Alliance founder William Pierce; Jewish Supremacy by former Klan leader David Duke; and Civil War II, a fictional portrayal by Thomas Chittum of a civil war that tears America apart.

Poplawski is accused of shooting to death three Pittsburgh police officers — Eric Kelly, Stephen Mayhle, and Paul Sciullo III — and wounding a fourth before he was himself wounded in a furious shootout and taken into custody. Officials said that he and his mother had gotten into frequent disputes over the years, and acquaintances said that he had been dishonorably discharged from the Marines three years ago. The Post-Gazette also reported that court records showed Poplawski in 2005 threatened to kill his then-girlfriend. He was later accused of violating a protective order in that case.

Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist in whom Poplawski reportedly was interested, runs two websites, Infowars and Prison Planet, that specialize in a series of the kind of paranoid ideas that animated the militia movement of the 1990s. Jones is a radio talk show host based in Austin, Texas, who has produced or directed films like “Martial Law 9/11: Rise of the Police State,” “Endgame: Blueprint for Global Enslavement,” “Matrix of Evil: Exposed,” and “The Obama Deception.” In 2006, he was detained by Canadian authorities as he headed to an Ottawa meeting of the Bilderberg Group, a body frequently accused by radical and anti-Semitic groups of being part of a shadowy international effort to destroy U.S. sovereignty.

  • phillip

    “Alex Jones, the conspiracy theorist in whom Poplawski reportedly was interested, runs two websites, Infowars and Prison Planet, that specialize in a series of the kind of paranoid ideas that animated the militia movement of the 1990s.”

    FALLACY: Poisoning the Well. It would be difficult for a simple person to take Mr Jone’s words on their own merits when they believe that Mr Jones has “paranoid ideas”.

    This sort of “reasoning” involves trying to discredit what a person might later claim by presenting unfavorable information (be it true or false) about the person. This “argument” has the following form:

    Unfavorable information (be it true or false) about person A is presented.
    Therefore any claims person A makes will be false.

    This sort of “reasoning” is obviously fallacious. The person making such an attack is hoping that the unfavorable information will bias listeners against the person in question and hence that they will reject any claims he might make. However, merely presenting unfavorable information about a person (even if it is true) hardly counts as evidence against the claims he/she might make. This is especially clear when Poisoning the Well is looked at as a form of ad Homimem in which the attack is made prior to the person even making the claim or claims. The following example clearly shows that this sort of “reasoning” is quite poor.

    Try to reason logically. That goes for the SPLC and the folks they persecute without thinking.

  • G

    “Perhaps we should develop “re-education camps” …
    Because they have to get that low-functioning mentality out of the gene-pool. When this garbage breeds, they just abuse their children with redundant rhetoric.”

    Was this a comment from a Nazi??…No, it’s a comment made here by Carter, who claims he is against the Nazis…HAHA!

    Btw, I second all the support Alex Jones is getting on these comments.

  • Joe

    The mentioning of Alex Jones and Infowars.com and any equation of their activism with racism or violence is laughable. When an organization spends its money for something as unproductive as going after innocent people tells me it has too much money. I for one will never allow anyone I know to donate to this supposed “anti-hate” group if it continues unwarranted attacks against innocent jouralists/activists like Alex Jones and Infowars.com.

  • daniel

    i think splc is the real villian vomiting out lies about alex jones, i think they are jealous of a great american standing up for the constitution, while splc is trying to take away the american rights with there lies. we the people no the truth.

  • alcoe

    i have also been listening to alex jones almost everyday for the past 2 years and have never heard him say anything racist or encourage violence.in fact many of his listeners who phone in come from many different races, especially african and hispanic americans.anyone accusing him of this needs to actually listen to his show or watch his documentaries.these kind of blind, misinformed accusations can be very dangerous and inflammatory.

  • Cyborgmind

    I am personally offended that you would equate Alex Jones/Infowars to a lone gunman who put a racist comment on the Infowars comment section. I have been listening to Alex for over two years and I have NEVER heard say anything racist. Shame on you. Villifying and demonizing a great American Patriot. Alex is someone who is doing very positive actions not the neurotic rhetoric you have accused him of. You are lieing about Alex and it will come back to haunt you, not the other way around.

  • scobra

    Alex Jones is a great man with great courage and conviction and common sense.

  • Texas Militia

    Ahhhhh!!!!!! a militia member, duck down ahhhhhhh!!!!! you guys are crazy in the head, may I add uninformed, you certainly believe everything you hear on msnbc and fox news…lol….I left my email if you guys want to debate, but get your facts right because I do. All these “extremists” are actually running the show. Yes there is some crazy people but over all trying to ask the government for protection is simply giving away our rights. A militia is a defensive military force consisting of citizens not a bunch of guys with aks in camo all day, you can be part of a militia and just be ready to protect your “homeland”. What is the difference betweeen Barak Hussein Obama’s “civilian national security force” and a militia? I think our own president encourages militias :)

  • Jim Lunsford

    By the way, just so you know where i stand on the issue on guns. It seems awful strange to me that the founding fathers intent was to arm every citizen in order to ensure liberty. It seems that the intent of the denizens of this site are of the opposite persuassion. Could it be that this is a site dedicated to the tyranny of safety? A safety that is lost once liberty is sacrificed? A safety that is non-existent when government remains the chief threat to our lives anyway. After all, when one looks at the real threats to our safety, like the FBI involvement in the bombing of the WTC in 1991, Pearl Harbor, The sinking of the Lusitania, the promotion of the accidental explosion of the Maine as a Spanish plot, Waco, Ruby Ridge, etc. it seems that government is responsible for millions upon millions of American lives, while these militia groups are responsible for practically none. Did I say millions? Yes. The events arising out of those proven conspiracies by our own government far outnumber any deaths created by any extremist group in the US. Who is the real danger to the people?

  • Rick

    The comments about Alex Jones should be retracted in line with the original article writer. Alex Jones does not promote hate he promotes freedom and love for all human beings. It is amazing that he is being labeled as someone who promotes hate when it is the complete opposite. He is concerned that his country has been taken over by truely evil hate fueled men. He a partritic American who loves his contry. Look at all the bills that are being passed in the senate to control and restrict the American people. I thought America was the land of the free but it turning into the land of the fascist.

    “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”
    Abraham Lincoln

  • Josh Roy

    The reason why these guys do this stuff is because the system leaves them no other way out other than violence! If the state would leave people alone to live their lives, then we wouldn’t have these problems!!

  • Sam Goldman

    The guy doing it, Hardy Lloyd, just likes to do it. He does not care if anyone becomes racist, just as long as it pisses us off, which it does! Mr. Lloyd is a different type of racist. He works with nonwhites to attack Jews! What type of racist is this? He seems to hate his own people more than he hates mine!?

  • GENO

    In reference to those “racist stickers” being posted around in your hood, according to the one hysterical poster above. What you should do is do what the gangbangers in the cities usually do. Get a black marker and simply scribble your choice of words over the “racist stickers”. Doing so, is a form of disrespect to the local KKKrauts who posted those them. They spend their worthless dough on producing these stickers, and in essence, they get nothing in return.

  • Josh Roy

    Free speech protects guys like Hardy Lloyd, Matt Hale, George Rockwell and Adolf Hitler. You can’t claim to be a promoter of civil rights if you are going to say that hate filled crazies like Mr. Lloyd or Mr. Hale or Mr. Poplawski can’t speak their peace in safety! If you start to clamp down then many more will turn violent as they begin to see no option BUT violence!

  • Tommy Dewalsh

    The more people like this are encouraged by people such as the National Alliance and groups like the Holy Nation of Odin the more activities like this are going to occur. I was surprised when I read the article on Casper Crowell and was surprised that the Holy Nation of Odin was not on the Hate Map? If a guy like this sees a person like Casper Crowell as a hero, what better way to placate your hero than to murder officers of the law that you despise so much???
    I would imagine that the SPLC would be more pro-active on trying to stop the encouragement. Kind of like the DEA tries to stop the drug problem–nip the suppliers! I believe that people have a right to believe however they want but when their actions create criminal acts and their actions are lauded and encouraged by criminals, it is time for groups like the SPLC to step up to the plate and start focusing their efforts on the big dogs. I have friends that have differing religious beliefs and I feel for them and the entire Germanic peoples when some jerk off uses symbols that have nothing to do with hate.

  • Sovereignty Soldier

    True this spoiled little brat was a racist, but trying to say he got ideas or was a fan of Alex Jones is a complete lie. He stated Alex was covering for zionists. This guy was a loon. There have always been loons amongst the people. Now all of a sudden we want to blame others for an individuals actions, try to point the finger at websites exposing tyranny, at free speech, at firearms. I’m starting to think the media clowns and politicians are the loons. This is America and yet everything the politicians and media are talking about, (as far as policies) is completely contrary to American ideals. As far as the system, it is a system of control and I turn my back on it.

  • Sovereignty Soldier

    What a sham of a site you have. You are nothing more than another globalist arm operating against and lying about people and groups who resist world government. Now you and your cohorts are so obvious in your lies and tactics that your making our job of waking up the masses incredibly easy. We Americans love our nation and our people and will NEVER let fascist/socialist elites destroy what our great founding fathers left us. Now even the police and military are waking up thanks to the ADL and their MIAC report. Sorry but the tactic of divide the people and conquer the land is over. Now the people will unite against the traitors.

  • liam

    BY THE WAY THE GUY THREW A HISSY FIT BECAUSE HIS MOM THREW HIM OUT OF THE HOUSE AND SHE CALLED THE COPS AND HE SHOT AND KILLED THEM . THE REPORT IS BOGUS. ITS LAZY JOURNALISM DISINFO OR THE REPORTED IS A RETARD

  • Sam Goldman

    Hardy Lloyd is a racist! Pure and simple! He posts racist stickers in the Jewish area, where I live, all the time! He infiltrated the local Libertarian Party and spoke under their banner in Pittsburgh to local area whites! He spreads his racist, hate filled message every other week on telephone poles and car windshields! Every month I find racist stickers in Squirrelhill with the occasional flier on a block of parked cars! He is a part of YOUR SICK MOVEMENT, and you cannot save face by claiming him to be an “agent”! An “agent” of whom? The FBI? Is the FBI anti-Semitic now? I have spoken to the Libertarian Party and I shall continue to speak out against Mr. Lloyd’s racist views! And don’t try to tell me that he isn’t one of you White Power freaks just because he hangs with Latinos now…! Latinos are also anti-Semitic! La Raza hates Jewish people and wants them out of Mexico!

  • Ryan the non-Aryan

    Speaking of Hardy Lloyd. He is only an upgraded mutant version of Hal Turner, a virulent mouthpiece, a garbage spewing megaphone. He works for the Feds now, in other words he is indebted to them which means that the Feds own him head to toe. Several factors contribute to this bizarre theory. But won’t address them here…..

    But in all and all, the SPLC keeps referring to him to that which he is not, i.e. such as a “Creator”(indeed he was a former member of the WCOTC), a “Satanist”, or “the Doctor of all evil” et al. That supposed classic photo of Hardy Lloyd seen as a nerd, where he is wearing glasses looking relatively thin with darker hair, is not him. That was a fake imitator designed to make him look like some sort of a retarded computer freak.

    Thus, Hardy Lloyd’s father is a doctor or surgeon of some sort, working for the Jews. They were said to be members of the Mormon church, yet, for some odd reason, the church refuses to excommunicate him. Rendering the question of Hardy Lloyd’s credibility or true intentions as a legitimate threat, despite his screaming juvenile incohorencies for violence on his site. But the average nazi simpleton will surely fall for his philosphical decrepit. While infighting becomes the norm, furthering the divide within the aryans and “anglos”.
    Sure, he killed a woman back then, but its the agenda behind it all that leads me to doubt him, hence questioning him.

  • Josh Roy

    This guy sounds like that fruitloop, Hardy Lloyd. He even lives in the same town. Is there a connection? This jerk has been praising this kid for four days now off his sick, twisted, evil as crazy website! Well…?

    Look at this nut: http://www.hardylloyd.com

    Poster child for insanity!

  • Carter

    The “Lone Wolf” fantasy may be a by-product or the direct leaderless resistance element we don’t know because we don’t know the real detail of how this guy got the drop on 3 cops. They respond to a domestic and they let this shit a guy with a dishonorable discharge, a guy who couldn’t graduate high school, get straight up to them with a rifle?
    I very sorry for the loss but it sounded like they (the cops) took the shit for granted, that he was harmless. I’m also very surprised that anyone would go to a domestic dispute & have a “walk in” attitude about it. More pubic service personnel are killed in a domestic disturbance than ANY other issue.

    It’s pretty crazy what the Germans would have thought of a guy with the last name Poplawski. It was both Jews AND Slavs that made up the population model to be exterminated. But aside all that, I’m there with Geno. The powers that be need to take WN seriously. They need to crush them like the cowardly domestic terrorists they are & give them a serious taste of their own mayhem.
    We already have the laws on the books. Anyone with a dishonorable discharge from the armed services are considered “prohibited” (totally) from buying or owning a firearm. We don’t NOT need MORE “feel like we’re doing something” laws now. We need to start to enforce the ones we have.

    Perhaps we should develop “re-education camps” for these shits We could give them a job (which they have a tough time with anyway). Because they have to get that low-functioning mentality out of the gene-pool. When this garbage breeds, they just abuse their children with redundant rhetoric.
    Wow, this one pushed my buttons! I realized that one cannot “fence sit” with WN. Either you permit these shits to foster their seditious garbage or you crush them. Because they WILL kill you; they are no friend to even their own, let alone public service personnel, or anyone not aligned with their ever-warping psychosis.

  • GENO

    Why do you call the National Alliance “America’s leading neo-Nazi group.”? Maybe for a very short period as they were. Also, I was correct in the previous blog, that this domestic terrorist who killed 3 officers was indeed caught up on so much propaganda, that it brainwashed and f***ed up his mind with extreme paranioa commonly associated with the scum mentioned in this article.
    In any given case, this latest incident by a “lone wolf” gunman whose love for white supremacy fantasy, literatures, idealogy, and rhetoric, shall serve as a pretext for what the law enforcement community nationwide may want to consider them the enemy of the United States. After all, our history is full of this sort of violent conflicts between pro-law and anti-government forces such as the WN. To forget history, we are bound to see more bloodshed like this one in the coming days. If law enforcement still does not see this as grave and gathering threat, then how many more officers must be killed in the line of duty before the WN is taken seriously?