PITTSBURGH, PA – Pittsburgh Police recently released photos of a suspect that they say was involved in acts of criminal damage toward an unmarked police vehicle during protests that occurred on May 30th.
Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the alleged vandals.
DAAT investigators seek the public's assistance to identify the male in these photos.
He is suspected of joining in the destruction of an unmarked police vehicle and burglarizing businesses during the May 30 protests.
— Pittsburgh Police (@PghPolice) June 29, 2020
It seems that the “peaceful” protests linked to the passing of George Floyd keep getting reported as having been “hijacked” when they evolved into criminal acts of damage, vandalism and violence.
While we’re a month removed from the May 30th protest that happened in Pittsburgh (and numerous other cities), authorities are still trying to catch up with all the criminal activity that happened during the riots.
The suspect featured in the photos is alleged to have aided in helping destroy an unmarked police vehicle and assisting rioters in burglarizing local businesses during the protests that transpired in Pittsburgh on May 30th.
In the photos, the suspect can be seen wearing a distinct shirt blasted with the words “free at last”. Although, if police catch up with him, that may not be the case for the suspect.
Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich noted that the assessed damage from those riots saw 71 businesses vandalized and looted and resulted in over a dozen police officers being injured.
The Damage Assessment and Accountability Taskforce is currently tasked with trying to piece together all the evidence related to the riots that kicked off in May of this year, which hosts resources from both state and federal agencies reviewing the evidence from these riots.
Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to please call 412-323-7800 and specifically request the Damage Assessment and Accountability Taskforce. People can also submit tips via email at [email protected]
In the wake of all the riots that have taken place in the past month across the nation, police vehicles seem to have been one target honed in on by rioters present during various demonstrations. And make no mistake, someone has to pay for all the damage.
So what’s the cost of rioting? Well, when it pertains to LAPD squad cars, it’s something to the tune of $80,000 per vehicle destroyed. Turns out, LA’s riots saw at least eight police vehicles were completely totaled, costing taxpayers around $640,000 due to destroyed vehicles and equipment.
The Los Angeles Police Department says 156 patrol cars were damaged; eight were totaled, costing taxpayers $80,000 each. https://t.co/aEc6ChyuQv
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) June 25, 2020
That’s not even taking into account the 156 other patrol vehicles within LA that were damaged, either.
It has been nearly a month since riots cropped up in Los Angeles following the death of George Floyd, and now the repair bill is starting to tally up – and it’s going to fall on the taxpayers to pay for the havoc enacted by the adult temper-tantrum that ravaged Los Angeles.
Reposting @abc7leanne’s ground view of the damage in the fairfax district. So distressing.
— Jovana Lara (@abc7jovana) May 31, 2020
While the protests morphed into riots, journalists noted that police squad cars were set ablaze, while others were vandalized. Video that was released from May during the LA riots showed vehicles smoldering, with plumes of black smoke engulfing the skies.
Unfortunately, the peaceful protest in #LosAngeles quickly turned into a riot! Several squad cars set on fire, many vandalized, and at least 1 bus completely damaged. Businesses exposed. The #LAPD has been mobilized. It’s senseless! pic.twitter.com/m23Ll5O42d
— Al West Coast (@AlWestCoast) May 30, 2020
Yet, even weeks after there was video evidence of rioting taking the streets in Los Angeles, there are still those who claim that there wasn’t anything of the ilk – that everything was just some “peaceful protests” that didn’t have any “violence” or “looting.”
So, we're going to pretend that vehicles weren't…you know…set on fire.
— Greg Hoyt (@GregHoytLET) June 25, 2020
And when miscreants aren’t torching police vehicles, they then are apparently targeting them for theft in California.
After spending the day working crowd control during protests that took place in San Francisco, a police officer was said to have returned home to find that his unmarked police cruiser was stolen.
A San Francisco officer who was in involved in managing crowd control during the recent protests over police violence had his police car stolen — along with his riot gear.https://t.co/majtbnbjue
— San Francisco Chronicle (@sfchronicle) June 21, 2020
Spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department, Adam Lobsinger, confirmed on June 17th an officer had reported that their unmarked vehicle was stolen within the Marina District.
According to a bulletin issued by police, the cruiser was noted as being gray 2017 Ford Fusion. The vehicle was reportedly equipped with a police radio and the contents of the vehicle were a SFPD jacket, police baton, and a riot helmet.
Lobsinger did note that there were no police-issue firearms inside of the stolen cruiser.
Luckily, the stolen vehicle was reportedly recovered on June 18th among the 2800 block of Vallejo Street in Cow Hollow. Lobsinger detailed the following about the recovery of the stolen car:
“No items appeared to be missing from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to CSI for processing. We are not releasing the name of the officer for officer safety purposes.”
There are currently no details that have been released pertaining to any possible suspects involved in the pilfering of the police vehicle.
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