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Threat Assessment: Black Lives Matter

When considering the group’s origins, the fallout of George Floyd’s death and other significant reporting; BLM is more than just an activist group.

George Floyd’s murder in May 2020 resulted in significant fallout across the United States; widespread riots, protests, looting, political and physical hostility towards police. Much of the activity has been led by, or has involved, the Black Lives Matter organisation.

Given the group’s constant feature in the unrest, this report aims to carry out a threat assessment on BLM by:

  • Providing an overview of the group and its mission,
  • Outline its leadership;
  • Provide an overview of the organisation’s funding;
  • Examine the fallout of George Floyd’s death;
  • Other significant reporting;
  • Conclude with an overall Threat Assessment rating.


Matthew Pratten, Regional Intelligence Analyst 

Matt joined Intelligence Fusion in May 2017 as an intern but his skills and ambition was quickly recognised and was made a Regional Intelligence Analyst in 2019.

Matt’s background in intelligence analysis comes from a combination of study, training and experience. During his 8 years in the Royal Australian Army, he carried out Intelligence and Protective Security tasks while in the Infantry and later became an Intelligence Analyst in the Army’s Intelligence Corps. Matt graduated from Deakin University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Relations and Politics and Policy Studies.




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