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Protests Against Police Brutality (2020): Justice Department

Helps document the federal government’s response to racial justice protests following the police murder of George Floyd

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  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF)
  • Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
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Statements & actions timeline

May 26

FBI statement regarding death of individual in South Minneapolis

May 28

Joint statement of United States Attorney Erica MacDonald and FBI Special Agent in Charge Rainer Drolshagen

May 29

FBI seeking additional digital media in George Floyd civil rights investigation

Attorney General William P. Barr's statement on the death of Mr. George Floyd

May 30

Statement of United States Attorney Krueger regarding protests in Milwaukee

Attorney General William P. Barr’s statement on the death of George Floyd and riots

Attorney General Barr delivers statement (video)

May 31

Attorney General William P. Barr's statement on riots and domestic terrorism

FBI update on shooting incident at Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building in Oakland

Two Brooklyn residents and a Greene County resident charged in connection with Molotov cocktail attacks on the NYPD

Federal, state, and local law enforcement statement on the death of George Floyd and riots

Statement of U.S. Attorney John W. Huber

Statement of United States Attorney Jason Dunn on the use of the Federal Joint Terrorism Task Force in response to rioting

Georgia U.S. Attorneys and FBI warn that criminal instigators could face federal prosecution

June 1

West Virginia U.S. Attorneys and FBI warn those who are inciting violence and crime will face federal charges

Joint statement on vandalism to the Hugo L. Black United States Courthouse and Robert S. Vance Federal Building and United States Courthouse

FBI Boston Special Agent in Charge Joseph R. Bonavolonta's statement on violent protests in Boston

FBI Little Rock statement on shooting incident in Fayetteville, Arkansas

FBI seeking information on individuals inciting violence during First Amendment-protected peaceful demonstrations

Statement from FBI Minneapolis—seeking public help

United States Attorney’s Office (South Carolina) working with federal, state, and local partners to protect peaceful protests

Federal criminal complaint charges Illinois man with traveling to Minnesota to riot, possession of explosive devices

Louisiana U.S. Attorneys working with federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to ensure peaceful protests

ATF seeking persons of interest in federal arson

June 2

Attorney General William P. Barr's statement on protests in Washington, D.C.

Two individuals charged with throwing Molotov cocktails into Dakota County Government Building

Two individuals charged in federal court with illegally possessing loaded handguns in downtown Chicago

DEA has been granted sweeping new authority to "conduct covert surveillance" and collect intelligence on people participating in protests (via BuzzFeed)

FBI report, "Civil Unrest in Washington AOR [Area of Responsibility] Following Death of George Floyd," finds "no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence" in May 31 DC-area protests (via The Nation, with snippets of report)

June 3

Tennessee man faces federal arson charges in connection to metro courthouse fire during protest

U.S. Attorneys and FBI in Mississippi are partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to ensure peaceful protests and protection of life and property

Erie man charged with arson for setting fire at Erie coffee shop during protest

Joint Terrorism Task Force charges three men who allegedly sought to exploit protests in Las Vegas and incite violence

U.S. Attorneys and FBI in Mississippi are partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to ensure peaceful protests and protection of life and property

U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuting armed felon from Tennessee arrested during Louisville protest and riots

Worcester man charged with civil disorder and possession of a destructive device

Salt Lake City man arrested on federal arson charges for alleged burning of Salt Lake City police patrol car

Hendersonville man facing federal arson charges in connection to metro courthouse fire during protest

ATF National Response Team activated to St. Paul

June 4

Statement from FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge William F. Sweeney, Jr. on attack on the NYPD in Brooklyn

Attorney General Barr & DOJ leadership speak on Mr. George Floyd and civil unrest (video)

Attorney General William P. Barr’s remarks on Mr. George Floyd and civil unrest

FBI Director Christopher Wray’s remarks at press conference regarding civil unrest in wake of George Floyd’s death

Atlantic City man charged with rioting

U.S. Attorney Keefe and FBI warn that those inciting violence and crime will face federal charges

Federal charges filed from incident during Saturday's protest/rioting (Indianapolis)

Federal complaint charges Peoria man with using Internet to incite rioting in Peoria

Page man charged with threatening to burn Page Magistrate Court

Kansas City Kansas man arrested for attacking officers at protest charged with illegal firearm

Three men face federal arson charges for setting fire to police patrol vehicle during protest in Downtown Las Vegas

Two Wisconsin men charged with illegally possessing firearm during Madison protests

June 5
 

Two Pennsylvania men arrested and charged for traveling to Cleveland to commit acts of violence

FBI asks for public's assistance in identifying suspect vehicle in shooting incident at federal building in Oakland

Champaign, Illinois man arrested in Mississippi, charged in federal complaint with using Internet to incite rioting in Champaign

Suburban Pittsburgh man charged with civil disorder for destruction of City of Pittsburgh police vehicle

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman’s remarks regarding demonstrations in Cleveland, prosecuting violent individuals, and police accountability

Community leaders and federal, state, and local law enforcement call for justice, unity, and peace

Statement by U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn regarding recent unrest

Two Pennsylvania men arrested and charged for traveling to Cleveland to commit acts of violence

Persons of interest in Twin Cities arson cases, imagery sought

June 7

Full interview: Attorney General Bill Barr on "Face the Nation" (via CBS News)

U.S. Attorney Matthew Krueger delivers remarks regarding demonstrations in Milwaukee, prosecuting violent crimes, and police accountability

June 8

U.S. Attorney’s Office charges three for looting of neighborhood pharmacy during civil disturbance

St. Paul man charged in Minneapolis police third precinct arson

Jacksonville man charged with possessing Molotov cocktail at protest

Troy man charged with threatening police over Facebook

A Bedford Heights man was arrested for threatening communications

U.S. Attorney’s Office charges three for looting of neighborhood pharmacy during civil disturbance

FBI offering reward for information about a police car burned on May 30, 2020

Two men charged with theft of firearms during protests

Attorney General Barr interviewed by Bret Baier of Fox News Channel

June 9

Man charged with possessing Molotov cocktails at La Mesa protest

Milwaukee man charged with federal offense aiming a laser pointer at law enforcement aircraft

Two individuals charged with arson of St. Paul health and nutrition store

U.S. Attorney McSwain announces charges against two convicted felons for illegal possession of firearms amidst ongoing protests in Philadelphia

Investigative update: FBI offering reward for information about a police car burned on May 30, 2020

FBI, BPD, and BFD seek identities of two men who may have information relating to vandalism and arson of BPD cruiser

Grand jury indicts Erie man on arson charge for intentional fire at Ember + Forge coffee shop

New persons of interest sought in Twin Cities arsons

$10,000 reward for information on gun store burglary in La Mesa

June 10

ATF seeking persons of interest in federal arson of Milwaukee Chase Bank

Federal grand jury returns indictment charging Illinois man with arson, riot

Jacksonville man indicted for possession of Molotov cocktail at protest

Three Baton Rouge residents face federal arson charges in connection with area business fires

Man Charged with pointing laser at police helicopter

Federal grand jury returns indictment charging Illinois man with arson, riot

Jacksonville man indicted for possession of Molotov cocktail at protest

Third individual arrested and charged with arson of St. Paul health and nutrition store

FBI Cleveland seeks the public's assistance to identify individuals who may have been involved in criminal violations

Department of Justice files friend-of-the-court brief in support of free speech challenge to California's COVID-19 ban on in-person political protests

June 11

Tacoma, Washington woman arrested for allegedly setting five police vehicles on fire during Seattle protest

Washington State man charged with smashing police car window

FBI Minneapolis examining video and images to identify violent actors

June 12

Protest response results in help for the homeless

Officials announce the arrest of Tandre Buchanan, Jr.

Texas man charged for impeding law enforcement during protest

Man arrested for threatening to burn down African American church

Two Brooklyn residents and a Greene County resident indicted in connection with Molotov cocktail attacks on NYPD vehicles

Two Pennsylvania men indicted on rioting and firearms charges

June 15

Rochester man charged with arson of Minneapolis pawn shop

FBI Media Alert: FBI assists Albuquerque Police Department in Old Town shooting investigation

June 16

Brainerd man charged in Minneapolis Police Third Precinct arson

FBI Little Rock seeks to educate community and law enforcement partners on civil rights investigations

Two defendants charged with murder and aiding and abetting in slaying of Federal Protective Service officer at Oakland Courthouse Building

Joint statement by U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox and Senior Advisor to the Office of the Assistant Attorney General Office of Justice Programs Bill Woolf before the Senate Judiciary Committee

June 17

Federal grand jury indicts three men for seeking to exploit protests in Las Vegas and incite violence

Staples man charged in Minneapolis Police Third Precinct arson

Gainesville men indicted on federal arson charges for setting fire to police car parked at officer’s residence

Trenton man arrested for attempting to ignite police vehicle during Trenton protests

U.S. Attorney McSwain announces charges against Philadelphia woman for arson of two Philadelphia police cars during protests

June 18

Louisville riot activity results in multiple federal indictments for pharmacy looting, carjacking, and armed felons

June 19

FBI Louisville statement on investigation into death of Breonna Taylor

Readout of Attorney General William P. Barr's visit with Boston and New York City police departments

June 22

Heiskell man charged with inciting a riot and civil disorder

Attorney General Barr interview with @MariaBartiromo on police reform, Section 230, and more

June 24

FBI seeks assistance in identifying laser threat to NYPD helicopter during protest

June 25

Feds charge additional defendant for looting neighborhood pharmacy during civil unrest

June 26

Attorney General memo establishes new "Task Force on Violent Anti-Government Extremists" (via @ryanjreilly)

U.S. Marshals searching for a Minnesota man and woman wanted as persons of interest in the investigation of several St. Paul, Minnesota fires during recent unrest

Aurora man arrested on federal civil disorder charge for allegedly throwing an explosive device at a Naperville police vehicle

Maple Heights man charged with damaging by means of fire a parking lot attendant booth during May 30 demonstrations

June 27

Four men charged in federal court for attempting to tear down statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square amid protests

Convicted felon charged with possessing loaded firearm at Columbus protest

June 29

FBI joins the Los Angeles Police Department’s SAFE LA Task Force to investigate criminal activity in the city of Los Angeles

June 30

Joint statement of the Colorado U.S. Attorney's Office, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the Denver Division of the FBI regarding the death of Elijah McClain

Pittsburgh man charged with arson for setting fire to unmarked police vehicle during May 30 Pittsburgh protests

Seeking persons of interest in arson cases

July 1

Statement by Attorney General William P. Barr on the restoration of law and order in Seattle

West Hills man arrested on federal arson charge for allegedly starting fire in Santa Monica restaurant during civil disturbance

ATF provides case update, continues to seek public’s help

July 2

Man charged in federal court for attempting to tear down statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square amid protests

Maple Heights man indicted on arson charge from May 30 demonstrations in downtown Cleveland

July 3

U.S. Attorneys and FBI in Mississippi are partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to ensure peaceful protests and protection of life and property

July 7

Seven arrested, facing federal charges after weekend riots at Hatfield Federal Courthouse

5 defendants arrested in 4 separate cases involving arsons and an assault during May 30th protests in Rochester and Buffalo

July 8

Readout of roundtable events with Attorney General Barr and Senator Tim Scott in Columbia, South Carolina

Attorney General William P. Barr announces launch of Operation Legend

July 9

President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice holds hearing on trust and respect for law enforcement via teleconference

Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen delivers remarks at the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #5

July 13

Tampa man arrested for burning a building during civil disturbance in Tampa

July 15

Man charged with arson for setting fire to Seattle’s East Police Precinct during Capitol Hill protest

Two more defendants charged federally for their roles in arsons during May 30th violent protests in Rochester

July 22

Attorney General William P. Barr joins President Donald J. Trump to announce expansion of Operation Legend

Attorney General William P. Barr delivers remarks during the Operation Legend expansion announcement

Department of Justice announces expansion of Operation Legend to Chicago

July 23

DOJ Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announces review "to examine the DOJ's and its law enforcement components' roles and responsibilities in responding to protest activity and civil unrest in Washington, DC, and in Portland, Oregon over the prior two months"

Third defendant arrested on federal arson charges for alleged burning of Salt Lake City police patrol car

July 24

FBI Portland statement on Portland violence

July 27

Statement from U.S. Marshals on the potential expansion of federal presence in Portland (via @KannoYoungs on Twitter)

Justice Department tweets photos of confiscated items, along with "Contraband such as gasoline, hockey sticks, defense shields, leaf blowers, paint sprayers, paint cans with paint, and a jar prepped for a Molotov cocktail confiscated by federal law enforcement from violent agitators outside federal Portland courthouse"

July 28

Written statement of Attorney General Barr for House Judiciary Committee hearing

Portland man charged in May 29, 2020 arson at Justice Center

July 29

Eight indicted for criminal activity during May 30, 2020 Pittsburgh protest

Operation Legend expanded to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee

Additional charge, for child sexual exploitation, filed against Las Vegas man who allegedly sought to exploit protests in Las Vegas and incite violence

United States Attorney Matthew Krueger's remarks regarding Operation Legend's expansion to Milwaukee

Operation Legend expands to Detroit

U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman announces Operation Legend in Cleveland

Eight indicted for criminal activity during May 30, 2020 Pittsburgh protest

Marshals Director Washington visits Portland

July 30

Boston man charged with assaulting officers with a firearm during June 1 civil disorder in Boston

August 3

Portland man charged with assaulting deputy U.S. Marshal with explosive device during courthouse protest

August 4

Nashville woman is second to face federal arson charges in connection with Metro Courthouse fire

Sylmar man indicted on arson charge alleging he set Hollywood pizza restaurant ablaze during civil disturbances in May

August 5

Brooklyn man charged with sabotage of NYPD vehicle

Man pleads guilty to threatening to burn down African American church

August 6

Reward offered in officer assault case

FBI, Providence Police Department, and Rhode Island State Police seek information about two men who may have knowledge relating to the arson of a Providence police cruiser

Operation Legend expanded to Memphis and St. Louis

Two additional individuals arrested for attempting to ignite police vehicle following Trenton protests

Rochester man arrested on arson charges related to May 30 protests in Rochester

August 7

Savannah man indicted for aiming laser at police helicopter

August 19

Fifth defendant faces federal charges for alleged role in Salt Lake City Police Department vehicle arson case

Second person charged with arson of Providence police cruiser during June riot

August 20

FBI releases Seeking Information posters to assist partner agencies in investigations

August 21

FBI Portland is seeking information on individuals inciting violence during First Amendment-protected peaceful demonstrations

FBI Portland statement on reported threats to federal building

Wayzata man charged with arson of Minneapolis bank

Monticello man charged with arson of Minneapolis bank

August 25

Portland man charged with intimidating a federal employee near Hatfield Federal Courthouse

Convicted felon pleads guilty to possessing firearms during civil unrest

Four indicted in Minneapolis Police Third Precinct arson

August 26

U.S. Department of Justice confirms federal civil rights investigation into shooting of Mr. Jacob Blake

Two men charged in federal court with looting pharmacies in Chicago

August 27

FBI Milwaukee statement on individuals inciting violence during First Amendment-protected peaceful demonstrations

74 people facing federal charges for crimes committed during Portland demonstrations

August 28

Statement from Attorney General William P. Barr on the Ninth Circuit’s stay in the case concerning the Federal Courthouse in Portland (includes copy of court decision)

ATF’s National Response Team arrives in Kenosha, Wisconsin to assist investigating arson cases

September 1

Letter from Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser suggesting "D.C. police arrested protesters without sufficient evidence" (via Washington Post)

September 2

Portland woman charged with civil disorder after throwing helmet at police officer

Portland man charged with repeatedly assaulting federal officers with vehicle

Seattle man arrested for making bomb threat to Portland, Oregon, Police precinct

Seattle man charged with civil disorder after shooting Portland firefighter with ball bearing

September 3

Portland man charged with civil disorder after targeting police officers with high-powered laser

Washington State man charged with civil disorder after assaulting Portland police officer

Two self-described “Boogaloo Bois” charged with attempting to provide material support to Hamas

September 7

FBI San Diego statement regarding 9/5/2020 incident in Downtown San Diego

September 8

Three Portlanders charged with civil disorder after assaulting local police officers

Six facing federal charges for crimes committed during protests throughout South Carolina

Erie man facing federal charges for actions during May 30, 2020 Erie protest

September 9

Edmonds, Washington, man charged with arson and unlawful possession of a destructive device in connection with May 30 protest

Council Bluffs man charged with being in possession of Molotov cocktail during recent Omaha protests

Two defendants charged with civil disorder for attacking police during September 5th violent protests in the city of Rochester

Portland resident charged with civil disorder after punching local police officer

September 10

Pittsburgh man indicted for throwing projectiles at police officers and damaging a police vehicle during May 30th Pittsburgh protest

September 11

FBI releases statement on misinformation related to wildfires

Man who brandished assault rifle at protest pleads guilty

Third defendant charged with civil disorder for attacking police officers with a laser during violent protests in the city of Rochester

September 16

Portland man charged in June 26, 2020 arson at Portland Police Bureau North Precinct

September 17

Five individuals face federal charges for damaging U.S. Courthouse during May 30, 2020 protest in Las Vegas

September 21

Department of Justice identifies New York City, Portland and Seattle as jurisdictions permitting violence and destruction of property

September 22

Suburban Pittsburgh man pleads guilty to destroying a Pittsburgh police vehicle during May 30th protest

September 24

Over 300 people facing federal charges for crimes committed during nationwide demonstrations

Investigators seeking suspect identities from August arsons

September 25

Feds charge man for placing Louisville police helicopter at risk

United States Attorney statement regarding ongoing violence in Portland

September 28

Oregon resident accused of interfering with police making arrests during civil disorder in Portland

September 30

Statement regarding deputation of state and local law enforcement officers (Portland)

Statements & actions timeline, continued

October 1

Worcester man indicted on charges of civil disorder and possession of an unregistered firearm

October 5

Man charged with attempted arson during civil unrest in Madison in June

October 9

Federal indictment charges man with using explosive device to damage suburban Chicago restaurant

Portland resident accused of civil disorder

October 15

Seattle man charged with stealing police rifle, setting patrol car on fire during May 30 riot in downtown Seattle

October 20

Portland man accused of illegal possession of body armor

October 21

Minneapolis resident accused of engaging in multiple acts of vandalism and violence including throwing rocks at police during civil disorder in Portland

Portland man accused of civil disorder

October 23

Self-described member of “Boogaloo Bois” charged with riot

October 26

Hillsboro Oregon resident charged with assaulting a deputized Portland police officer

October 28

The Department of Justice announces standards for certifying safe policing practices by law enforcement agencies

October 29

Remarks of U.S. Attorney McSwain regarding violent civil unrest in Philadelphia and the announcement of criminal charges

U.S. Attorney McSwain announces charges against four men for arson of Philadelphia police and Pennsylvania State Police vehicles during violent civil unrest

October 30

Self-proclaimed Boogaloo Bois member residing in San Antonio arrested and charged federally with illegally possessing a firearm

Cedar Rapids man indicted for unlawful possession of an AR-15 assault rifle at Iowa City protest

November 3

Two arrested for arson on Chase Bank building during violent May protest in La Mesa

November 6

Superseding indictment charges “Boogaloo Bois” with conspiracy, material support to Hamas, firearms violations

February 2, 2021

Champaign Man Pleads Guilty to Inciting Riot

February 4

Boston Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Officers with a Firearm During Civil Disorder in Boston

February 5

Providence Man Indicted for Torching a Providence Police Cruiser During June 2020 Riots

February 26

West Philadelphia Lowe’s Arsonist Indicted for Blaze Set During May 2020 Civil Unrest

March 10

Man Who Brandished Assault Rifle at Black Lives Matter Protest Sentenced to 46 Months

Rioter from May 30 Seattle civil unrest pleads guilty to arson and possession of a stolen firearm

March 17

Cranston Man to Plead Guilty to Torching Police Cruiser During June 2020 Riots

March 19

Rochester Man Who Pleaded Guilty To Rioting Going To Prison For Burning A Mobile Office Trailer During Civil Unrest

March 29

Edmonds, Washington, man sentenced to prison for “Molotov Cocktail” attacks at May 30, 2020, protest

April 5

Moorhead Man Sentenced to Two Years in Federal Prison for Civil Disorder during the May 30th, 2020, Fargo Violent Protests

April 20

Statement of Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on the Verdict in the Chauvin Trial

Statement by Portland FBI Special Agent in Charge Kieran L. Ramsey to Oregonians

April 21

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland Announces Investigation of the City of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the Minneapolis Police Department

April 28

Brainerd Man Sentenced To Prison, $12 Million In Restitution For Minneapolis Police Third Precinct Arson

May 7

Four Former Minneapolis Police Officers Indicted on Federal Civil Rights Charges for Death of George Floyd; Derek Chauvin Also Charged in Separate Indictment for Violating Civil Rights of a Juvenile

Man Indicted for Shooting Gun on Federal Property During the May 2020 Protest

May 10

Fourth Defendant Pleads Guilty To Damaging U.S. Courthouse During May 2020 Protest In Las Vegas

May 11

Federal Jury Finds Man Guilty of Possessing Molotov Cocktails at La Mesa Protest

May 19

Mercer County Man Admits Interfering with Law Enforcement Officers During Civil Disorder

May 24

Local Man Admits Setting Fire to Pittsburgh Police Vehicle and Interfering with Law Enforcement during May 30, 2020 Protest

May 27

Two Men Charged for Arson of Pennsylvania State Police Vehicle During May 2020 Civil Unrest

May 28

FBI Seeks Identities of Seven Individuals Sought in Connection with Arson Incidents in Philadelphia Last May 30; Reward Offered

June 1

Indianapolis Man Faces Federal Charges for Violent Conduct during Portland Riots

McKees Rocks Man Pleads Guilty to Setting Fire to Pittsburgh Police Vehicle and Interfering with Law Enforcement during Civil Unrest

June 2

Carnegie Man Pleads Guilty to Throwing Concrete Pieces and a Pipe at Pittsburgh Police during May 30, 2020 Pittsburgh Protest

June 8

2 Defendants Plead Guilty To Rioting For Their Roles In Arsons During May 2020 Violent Protests In Rochester

June 9

Former Seattle resident pleads guilty to arson at Seattle Police East Precinct

June 28

Burlington County Man Sentenced to 28 Months in Prison for Interfering with Law Enforcement Officers during Civil Disorder

June 29

Hendersonville Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Arson Charges In Connection To Metro Courthouse Fire

July 22

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Pittsburgh Police during May 30, 2020 Pittsburgh Protest

July 29

Records Concerning Summer 2020 Protests Following the Death of George Floyd, Interim Response (May 30, 2020-May 31, 2020)