Among the evidence that the US Attorney's Office has compiled against the people suspected of plotting to kidnap and kill Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are chilling training videos and text messages sent between the alleged conspirators.
The Western District of Michigan US Attorney's Office released a wealth of photos, videos, phone calls and encrypted messages that they are planning to use as evidence against the six men who have been charged by the federal government in the Whitmer kidnapping plot.
The evidence includes videos of the men training with semi-automatic weapons and demonstrating a Taser, which they allegedly planned to use in the kidnapping plot.
On Friday, a federal judge ruled that five Michigan men would stand trial on conspiracy to kidnap charges.
The US Attorney's Office released video and text message evidence in their case against six men who face federal conspiracy to kidnap charges against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Men were seen carrying out supposed tactical training exercise after exiting a PT Cruiser
The alleged conspirators were also seen showing off their quick gun-reloading skills
The five Michigan men are Adam 'Alpha F--- You' Fox, 37, of Potterville; Ty Garbin, 25, of Hartland Township; Kaleb Franks, 26, aka 'Red Hot'; Daniel Harris, 23, aka 'Beaker' and Brandon Caserta, 32, aka 'Debased Tyrant.'
The judge also ordered that a sixth man - Barry Croft, 44, of Bear, Delaware - be transferred from his home state to Michigan to face the same kidnapping charge, according to the Detroit News.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was supposedly targeted by the alleged conspirators because she was acting with 'uncontrolled power' during the coronavirus pandemic
Video released by the US Attorney's Office showed several of the men facing federal charges carrying out what appeared to be a tactical training exercises, involving exiting a PT Cruiser and shooting at an unseen target.
Additional videos showed men doing split-second ammunition reloads and boasting about what they would do if things go wrong.
One video also shows accused conspirator Fox smiling as he sets off a Taser, identified as a 800,000-volt model, according to the Detroit News.
Earlier in October, Fox had told others in the group that he had bought a Taser, which the group had discussed using in the supposed kidnapping plot, according to a court document obtained by KVIA.
It's unclear if the Taser in the video and the Taser Fox allegedly discussed are the same one, however.
Caserta, meanwhile, can be seen talking to the camera and saying: 'If this s**t goes down, if this whole thing, you know, starts to happen, I'm telling you what dude. I'm taking out as many of those motherf**kers as I can.'
He goes on to say that he's 'sick of being robbed and enslaved by the state,' apparently referring to police officers.