On Sunday, January 28, the office of the Upper Midwest Law Center was destroyed in what is being investigated as a deliberate act of arson. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating alongside the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and state and local authorities. Thankfully, no one on the UMLC staff was hurt or present at the time of the crime.
The suspected arson attack also targeted the offices of the Center of the American Experiment and Take Charge, which are located in the same building. UMLC’s office sustained near-total losses. Pictures of the aftermath are below.
As a precautionary measure and in light of the ongoing investigation, the UMLC team is working remotely for the foreseeable future.
“We will not be intimidated by this apparent act of domestic terrorism. Our resolve to uphold justice and protect the rights of Minnesotans remains unyielding. Despite the setback, the Upper Midwest Law Center will continue to champion the values of fairness, equality, and freedom for all,” said UMLC Senior Counsel James Dickey. “We are thankful to local fire rescue for their swift action to put out the fire, and to the FBI, ATF, and local authorities for their quick response and dedication to finding the perpetrators. We hope those responsible are brought to justice for this heinous act of violence.”
UMLC is working closely with law enforcement agencies to ensure a thorough investigation into the incident. For further updates and information, please follow UMLC on Facebook, X, Instagram, or LinkedIn.