As we previously reported, police are thinking there’s some organizing going on because they’ve been finding brick stashes around the country, generally not where is any construction, but where there are planned protests. Police in Kansas City and Baltimore both said they believed it wasn’t accidental or some conspiracy theory, but there to incite riots. Why were the folks in Baltimore so convinced? Because there were bottles with accelerants included with the stashes found there.
But that isn’t all.
There seems to be a troubling pattern emerging with incendiary devices as well.
Not to mention the logistics on the ground, comms equipment, palettes of bricks, incendiary devices they are finding stashed near riot sites, stolen cars found moving these incendiary devices etc etc…. https://t.co/FmVVJNAwQT
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) June 1, 2020
In Minneapolis, police announced that there were incendiary devices stashed “across the city” including in residential neighborhoods.
Minnesota officials said the extremists appear to be using stolen vehicles to transport incendiary devices, gasoline and other contraband, according to the Washington Times.
A man, Matthew Lee Rupert, 23, was arrested by police after allegedly passing out incendiary devices and encouraging people to attack targets and police in Minneapolis.
After handing an explosive device to another rioter and telling the person to throw it at police SWAT officers, the complaint states that Rupert is heard on video saying “He’s throwing my bombs,” adding, “He’s going to bomb the police with them.”
After an audible explosion is heard, Rupert is heard saying, “Good shot my boy,” according to the complaint, as well as, “F*** 12,” a derogatory phrase often directed at law enforcement.
On one video, the complaint alleges Rupert asked for lighter fluid, entered a Sprint cell phone store, and is later heard on video saying, “I lit it on fire.”
On May 31, the criminal complaint said Rupert posted Facebook videos depicting himself in Chicago. In one video, Rupert is heard saying, “Let’s start a riot,” and “I’m going to start doing some damage,” according to the complaint. He is then seen on video entering a convenience store and placing items in his backpack, according to the complaint.
Police picked him up in Chicago for violating curfew and found more “destructive devices.”
“Light that bitch and throw it at them!” Matthew Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, posted video of himself lighting a building on fire and looting stores during #GeorgeFloyd protests in Minnesota and Chicago, Feds allege. https://t.co/0iWUyEtDJC pic.twitter.com/DvoDWfjBcC
— Jason Meisner (@jmetr22b) June 1, 2020
The guys behind starting a fire with incendiary devices at a Minnesota courthouse:
The DOJ has charged GARRETT PATRICK ZIEGLER, 24, & FORNANDOUS CORTEZ HENDERSON, 32, for their alleged role in breaking into a Minnesota courthouse and starting an arson attack with incendiary devices. https://t.co/XcJftM5Jas #antifa #BlackLivesMatter #GeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/jEqgu3XySM
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) June 3, 2020
It happened in St. Petersburg too.
From Tampa Bay Times:
St. Petersburg officers at about 12:16 a.m. found a container of gasoline, bricks and “materials used to assemble crude incendiary devices commonly known as a ‘Molotov cocktail’” inside a red Mitsubishi Outlander parked on Central Avenue, near the police department at 1301 First Ave. N, according to arrest reports. [….]
Inside were Javonta McCloud, 28, of St. Petersburg; Edwin Bryant, 28, of St. Petersburg; and Lady Nash, 29, of Largo, police said. All three were arrested on felony charges of inciting a riot. Nash, who was the driver of the SUV, told police she was aware the materials were in the car, and that an unnamed co-defendant intended to “hurt the police,” according to her arrest report.
All three are black.
Then there were the two lawyers arrested in NYC for allegedly trying to pass out incendiary devices and light up a police van, Colinford Mattis and Urooj Rahman.
A judge is allowing the two accused bomb-throwing NY lawyers out on bond https://t.co/nFu9H0EjZx
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) June 2, 2020
NYPD also arrested Samantha Shader, 27, for trying to light up another van with a Molotov cocktail.
Samantha Shader of Catskill, is accused of throwing a molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle with four cops inside and could be charged with attempted murder. Her sister was also arrested. They weren't there for George Floyd, and they DON'T live in Crown Heights. #AntifaTerrorists pic.twitter.com/bObpizxAJY
— Bernard B. Kerik (@BernardKerik) May 30, 2020
It’s pretty hard to argue that this isn’t organized and let’s call it, it’s pretty clear these aren’t white supremacists involved.