GBI releases analysis of arrests following recent riots in Atlanta

Fulton County, GA (June 4, 2020) – Georgia Bureau of Information released an analysis of arrests made during the recent riots related to protest events that have taken place in Atlanta between May 29 and June 1.

While the vast majority were reportedly from the local area, five were homeless and out of 370 arrests, 57 were not local to Georgia. The states they came from included Alabama, Missouri, Minnesota, Arkansas, North Carolina, Maryland, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and South Carolina. Some subjects are still being affirmatively identified and may have provided false information upon arrest.

While most subjects did not have any prior criminal history, there were more than 30 instances where an arrested subject had a significant criminal history including charges that could be consistent with prior involvement in violent civil unrest. The most common criminal history charges included prior charges of willful obstruction, terroristic threats and acts, false name/date of birth given to law enforcement and aggravated assault and many had active warrants at the time of their arrest. The average age of those arrested was 24 with the youngest 17 and the oldest 69.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr addressed the nation on the case involving the death of George Floyd and the arrest and cases against the four policemen involved as well as the protest and riots, and the difference between the two, in response to the alleged murder. In it he noted that there is evidence that Antifa and other similar extremist groups, “as well as actors of a variety of different political persuasions, have been involved in instigating and participating in the violent activity.” Barr said there is also evidence of “foreign actors playing all sides to exacerbate the violence.”

The GBI summed up its analysis in support of this as follows:

Considerations

This is a preliminary analysis based on the arrest data to date (does not include 6/2/20 arrests any arrests after that) and these numbers will change as APD/other LE submit arrest logs to GBI-GISAC.

Multiple instances of subjects with a history of willful obstruction/assault charges suggest prior involvement in similar protests/riots.

  • A 34 y/o male from Minnesota was arrested in Atlanta and analysts are working to confirm his involvement in the Minneapolis riots prior to his travel to GA.
  • A Florida resident had multiple obstruction/trespassing/assault charges out of Missouri near the time of the Ferguson civil unrest. This subject was arrested in Atlanta and live-streamed his post-arrest detainment to social media while handcuffed with APD. He was also a convicted felon.
  • 10 or more subjects were bonded out by one out of state individual – suggesting coordination and outside influence.
  • GBI-GISAC is coordinating with federal law enforcement as well as multiple states across the region to deconflict arrest data and link associations for individuals who traveled to multiple states for violent engagement.

 

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