MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A federal grand jury has indicted a total of four people in the burning down of the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct that happened on May 28.
While there have been three previous arrests and various charges made during the past few months over the Minneapolis arson attack on the 3rd Precinct, a fourth person and new charges have been brought into the fold.
4 men have been indicted on #Arson charges in connection to the burning of the #Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct, the building where the 4 officers charged in the death of #GeorgeFloyd had worked, US Attorney Erica MacDonald said. https://t.co/7TG5hQJUHY
— The Epoch Times (@EpochTimes) August 26, 2020
The three men previously arrested on arson charges are 22-year-old Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 26-year-old Bryce Michael Williams, and 23-year-old Branden Michael Wolfe. The latest addition is identified as 24-year-old Davon De-Andre Turner, who was indicted with one federal count of conspiracy to commit arson along with the other three mentioned.
Both Robinson and Wolfe were previously charged with aiding and abetting arson, and Williams was previously charged with conspiracy to commit arson before the indictment was handed down on Aug. 25.
— U.S. Attorney MN (@DMNnews) August 26, 2020
According to the indictment, all four suspects ventured to the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct on May 28 while the riots and protests were at the peak of their chaos. The four suspects were alleged to have breached the compromised fencing around the precinct with other unidentified individuals, while people in the crowd were chanting:
“Burn It Down!”
Robinson was said to have lit an incendiary device that was being held by an unidentified co-conspirator, who then threw the device at the precinct.
Wolfe was said to have pushed a barrel into an existing fire that was burning at the precinct’s entrance in an effort to accelerate the fire.
Four men indicted in the arson of a Minneapolis police precinct. More charges are coming. Protected peaceful protest in America does not include burning buildings or violently assaulting strangers. That's just reality. https://t.co/Ysa1BYk5Vc
— Laura (@H0tdish) August 26, 2020
As for Williams and Turner, the two were said to have lit a Molotov cocktail which was later thrown at the precinct.
The case is currently being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Harry M. Jacobs and David P. Steinkamp. Federal arson charges of any kind are no joke; the sentencing guidelines could range anywhere between 5 to 20 years in prison. That’s whether someone actually committed the arson or simply conspired to do so.
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Minneapolis is not the only American city to be hit with protest-related arson. Rochester, New York has also been struck by BLM-related protests and arson. In July, the Feds arrested four people on federal arson charges for arson activities in Rochester.
The Feds aren’t messing around – and if local prosecutors won’t go after the criminals, the Feds will.
On May 30, Black Lives Matter protesters gathered in the streets of Rochester to protest the killing of George Floyd and police operations as we know it. They protested to “Defund the Police” and “End Police Brutality.”
The march and protest started out peaceful. But later in the day and into the evening, chaos was unleashed. Police cars were vandalized, tear gas deployed, cars lit on fire, and looting and more vandalism ensued. The BLM protest route was from Exchange Boulevard, down Main Street, to Fitzhugh Street.
In a July 7 press release, the U. S. Attorney’s Office commented that those responsible for the crimes committed would be held accountable.
James P. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York, said:
“I think the message needs to be sent loud and clear that if you engage in this lawless behavior you will be prosecuted not only by the state authorities, if they deem appropriate, but also the federal authorities.”
“This is not a political issue this is the discharge of our obligations”- US Attorney James Kennedy on federal charged for those in May 30th Roc riots pic.twitter.com/Cg3nz5KeEh
— Christian Garzone (@ccjgarzone) July 7, 2020
Four protesters are facing federal arson charges stemming from the violent crimes they committed at the Black Lives Matter protest on May 30 in Rochester:
Dyshika McFadden, 26, and Miguel Ramos, 19, are charged with conspiracy to commit arson and arson for setting a Rochester police car on fire. Both are residents of Rochester.
Mackenzie Dreschsler, 19, of Ontario, Wayne County, is being accused of burning two vehicles, both of which belonged to the State Attorney General’s Office.
Marquis, 27, of Rochester, is being charged with using a Molotov cocktail to burn down a mobile construction trailer near the public safety building.
If convicted, these charges will result in up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for each protester.
Another 20 protesters from the May 30 BLM protests in Rochester have also been arrested. Other protesters flipped vehicles over across the street of the Public Safety Building.
“This lawless behavior combined with the dramatic increase in shootings across all Western New York suggest that some believe that division and violence provide an acceptable path forward from the state of civil unrest. They, however, are wrong.”
The Department of Justice issued an official document on those individuals being charged with federal crimes from protests on May 30 in Rochester. The release includes an arrest from Buffalo, NY.
Other public officials commented on the protests on May 30. Rochester Police Chief La’Ron Singletary told WROC News:
“What you saw here today was chaos. Pure chaos, not a protest. What happened here today was sparked by anarchists.”
After the violent Rochester protest on Saturday night, concerned community members showed up at 8 a.m. the next morning to clean up the area. Although many community members were upset and disheartened over the looting and the destruction, the community cleanup served as a type of healing process for community members. One such member of the community named “Stan P” said:
“It brings tears to my eyes, not necessarily for me, but for all the kids that grow up under me. I don’t believe that this was just a looting or riot issue. This is a ‘we need help and nobody’s listening’ issue. So a lot of people are taking advantage of the situation by stealing and taking.”
The stealing and taking need to stop.
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