Illinois Man Arrested For Passing Out Explosives At Protest For George Floyd In Minneapolis.
Federal authorities have arrested and charged an Illinois man who traveled to Minneapolis to take part in a protest in response to the death of George Floyd.
He was distributing explosives to encourage others to throw it at law enforcement officers.
Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, was arrested in Chicago on June 1 and charged with conspiracy to commit rioting, according to the Justice Department (DOJ).
He was distributing explosive devices, encouraging people to throw them at law enforcement officers, and setting buildings on fire and looting shops.
According to court documents released Monday, the 28-year-old self-inflicted property damage when he distributed explosive devices to protesters in Minneapolis and uploaded the footage to his Facebook page.
On Thursday, Matthew Lee Rupert posted a message on Facebook about a protest in the Twin Cities over Floyd’s death.
“I’m going to Minneapolis tomorrow, only bullies are coming,” he wrote.
On Saturday, Governor Tim Walz spoke about people coming from outside Minnesota to fuel destruction and unrest in Minnesota, but he said afterwards that there is still much to do.