Joseph Matthew Morrison is a white man from Michigan, United States. He is one of the two founding members of the militia group called the Wolverine Watchmen, which is anti-government and anti-law enforcement.
Morrison is considered the commander of the Wolverine Watchmen, which was involved in the thwarted plot to kidnap 49th Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer while the U.S. is battling against the new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Here are 13 more things about Morrison:
- He was born in 1994. He was born with fetal alcohol syndrome.
- He is known by his online moniker Boogaloo Bunyan.
- When he was a teenager, his relatives in Warren, Michigan took him in.
- In 2012, he graduated from Center Line High School in Macomb County, Michigan.
- From 2012 to 2013, he studied criminal justice at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He did not return to obtain a bachelor’s degree.
- From 2014 to October 8, 2020, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was a lance corporal and his last assignment in the Marine Corps was with the 4th Marine Logistics Group in Battle Creek, Michigan. His departure was not related to his involvement in the thwarted plot to kidnap Whitmer, the Marine Corps told ABC News.
- He has a son born in 2015. In 2017, he was convicted of drunken driving in Howell, Michigan. Because of this, he lost custody of the child.
- In 2016, he moved from a relative’s house in Warren to an apartment in Howell.
- With an inheritance from a deceased relative, he bought a rural home at 8008 Dunn Road in Munith, Michigan for $105,000 on April 4, 2018. He lives there with his second child’s grandfather Pete Musico.
- He and Musico co-founded Wolverine Watchmen, which started recruiting members via Facebook in November 2019. They hosted multiple tactical training sessions with other members of the militia group at their residence in Munith, which flies a Confederate flag and a flag with a ring of 13 stars. Their neighbors told The Daily Beast that the two were “disrespectful” and “bullets would be flying off their property in all directions” when large groups regularly gathered there on weekends.
- On April 30, 2020, he joined the rally inside the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan where demonstrators criticized Whitmer’s new coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic orders.
- On October 8, 2020, he and Musico were held in Jackson County Jail in Jackson County, Michigan. They were arraigned in Jackson County with a cash bond set at $10 million each. They are scheduled for a probable cause conference at 1 p.m. on October 16, 2020 and a preliminary hearing at 9:30 a.m. on October 21, 2020.
- He was charged with threat of terrorism, gang membership, providing material support for terrorist acts and carrying or possessing a firearm during the commission of a felony. George Lyons was appointed as his lawyer.
(This is a developing story. Updates will be added as soon as they are available.)