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More than 300 people have been charged for committing crimes “adjacent to or under the guise of peaceful demonstrations since the end of May,” the Department of Justice announced Thursday.
The crimes were committed in 29 states and Washington, authorities said.
Assaulting a law enforcement officer, attempted murder, arson, and damaging federal property are among the charges filed.
Approximately 80 people have been charged with offenses relating to arson and explosives; 15 have been charged with damaging federal property.
Rioters inflicted millions of dollars of damage to city and federal property across the United States in recent months, including the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct, the Nashville City Hall in Tennessee, and the聽Mark O. Hatfield Courthouse, a federal building, in Portland, Oregon.
Approximately 35 people have been charged with assaulting a law enforcement officer or a related crime. In one case, a man allegedly struck a U.S. Marshals deputy in Portland in the back with a wooden baseball bat. In another, a man allegedly fired at least 11 shots at officers in Boston, including a deputized federal officer.
Some 30 people have been charged with civil disorder, including 11 in Portland, where unrest has shaken portions of the city since May 28 apart from a two week respite as wildfires loomed.
William Grant Reuland, 24, was accused of directing high-powered lasers at the faces of several officers in downtown Portland in mid-June. When arrested, he said “That’s not against the law,” according to court documents.聽Pedro Aldo Ramos Jr., 20, was accused of punching a female police officer in the face as she attempted to arrest a rioter in August.
An attorney representing Ramos declined to comment while the attorney representing Reuland didn鈥檛 respond to a request for comment.
Federal investigations into crimes committed during protests and riots this year are still taking place, officials said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the聽Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or the FBI.
Focus News: DOJ: More Than 300 Charged With Crimes Committed Near or at Protests Since May
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