A week after a black man was killed by police in Chicago, and a month after another man was shot and killed in the same city, the Anti-Police-Antifa movement has gained traction.
And while the term has been around for some time, the group that emerged as the most prominent and well-funded of them all is a newly formed movement.
In the last week, a white man, a young black man, and two other black men were killed by the same police officers.
In each case, the killer was armed with a knife and a hatchet, the New York Times reports.
Since the start of the year, there have been four police-involved deaths in Chicago and seven in the city’s South Side, including one last week that claimed the life of an 18-year-old black man named Jamar Clark.
Police officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call in the early morning hours of Feb. 19, when Clark and three other black teenagers were allegedly confronted by three white officers, who confronted them and used their batons to subdue them.
The two black men died at the scene.
But this week, in the aftermath of Clark’s death, it became clear that police had been responding to that domestic disturbance too.
The three suspects were charged with murder, and the three white men are still on the loose.
On Tuesday, the city filed a $2.2 million civil suit against Clark’s family, alleging that he had died as a result of a chokehold.
“The facts of this case do not add up,” Chicago police Commissioner Eddie Johnson said in a statement.
“This is an incredibly difficult case to resolve, and our hearts go out to the family.”
But police aren’t the only ones whose actions have led to their death.
In February, a black woman named Brittany Packer, 28, was fatally shot in her car while driving home from a nearby bar.
Packer’s family is seeking $15 million in damages.
And a week later, police in Florida fatally shot 19-year old Latoya Harrison, a Black woman who had just gotten married.
The night of Harrison’s death police shot and critically wounded 17-year olds Micah Xavier Johnson and Keith Lamont Scott, who were in the process of robbing a bank in Gainesville, Florida, when a car carrying a man named James Boyd arrived.
The driver of the car allegedly opened fire, killing Scott and wounding Johnson.
But that shooting was the beginning of a wave of police killings in Florida.
In all, since Harrison’s killing, at least 13 people have been killed by law enforcement in Florida, with more than half of those deaths occurring since February, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The wave of killings has been so intense that the FBI has called it “one of the most disturbing mass shootings in US history.”
It was also the beginning and the aftermath to what would be the biggest police shooting in U.S. history, when Florida police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and seriously wounded black 18–year -old Jamar McBride in 2015.
But while the Black Lives Matter movement has been gaining traction, there are also some major problems plaguing the movement.
One of the biggest is the growing number of groups with ties to white supremacists who have sought to spread the narrative that police are killing Black people at an alarming rate.
As the New Republic reported in November, the number of hate groups has grown by more than 10,000 since 2015.
In 2016 alone, groups like the white supremacist group Vanguard America have reportedly gained an estimated 50,000 members in the U.K. and other European nations.
The numbers are staggering, and they are growing.
In fact, there were 1,742 hate groups active on the web in 2016 alone.
And just this month, the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that the number is at a record high of more than 8,000 groups across the country.
As of March 20, there had been nearly 1.3 million hate groups in the United States, according to the SPLC.
Hate groups have been on the rise, and while white supremacist groups have struggled to maintain a foothold in the American psyche, hate groups are showing no signs of letting up.
And it appears that the movement has already become more dangerous than it’s ever been.
According to a study by the Anti Equality Project, the percentage of Americans identifying themselves as anti-government or anti-police-violence groups rose from 7 percent in 2016 to 10 percent in 2017.
That means that the percentage has increased by nearly 25 percent in just one year.
And hate groups that have emerged are not merely taking advantage of the fact that the hate they are spreading is already out there.
They are trying to expand the reach of their message and their message is being amplified by the media and by politicians who are using the word “anti-cop” in their campaign rhetoric.