CLEVELAND (WJW) — The FBI is looking for information on those individuals who have been inciting violence during protests all over the country including in Cleveland.
The FBI said in a press release Monday “…we are committed to apprehending and charging violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law. The continued violence, potential threat to life, and destruction of property across the United States interferes with the rights and safety of First Amendment-protected peaceful demonstrators, as well as all other citizens.
To help us identify actors who are actively instigating violence in the wake of Mr. George Floyd’s death, the FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting violent encounters surrounding the civil unrest that is happening throughout the country.”
The FBI asks that if you witness or have witnessed these violent actions, please submit information, photos or videos to fbi.gov/violence.
You may also call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) to report tips and/or information related to this investigation.
Protests have been held all over the country since the death of George Floyd, 46, in Minneapolis on May 25.
Floyd, who is black, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes. That officer, Derek Chauvin, and three other officers were fired. Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder.
Protests have turned violent in several cities including Cleveland where a protest began peacefully on Saturday. Hours later, police cars and other vehicles were set on fire and downtown businesses were broken into and looted.
The Ohio National Guard was called in to help and a curfew is in effect for the downtown area through Tuesday night.