A White Man From Illinois Allegedly Brought Bombs to Start a Riot at the Minneapolis George Floyd Protest - 2020-06-01
A white man from Illinois is facing federal charges after he allegedly traveled to Minneapolis with bombs, encouraged protesters to throw them at law enforcement, and looted businesses — all with the goal of "starting a riot."
Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, Illinois, was taken into custody on Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. He's been charged with civil disorder, possession of unregistered explosives, and participating in and organizing riots. He's the first person to face federal charges in connection to the fiery protests that have roiled Minneapolis since George Floyd, a black man, died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.
Rupert's arrest also offers some support to local officials' claims that outside agitators may be partially responsible for the violence that has accompanied some protests in Minneapolis.