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Man arrested for bringing bombs to Minneapolis riots

Man arrested for bringing bombs to Minneapolis riots donald.lobelo Tue, 06/02/2020 - 16:10 Teaser Media Paragraphs Members of the US Secret Service guard an intersection near the White House in the morning hours on June 2, 2020 in Washington, DC. DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has imposed a 7pm curfew for Monday and Tuesday nights with the DC National Guard and other federal law enforcement agencies deployed. Alex Wong/Getty Images North America/AFP WASHINGTON - A man who allegedly brought explosive materials to the demonstrations in Minneapolis from Illinois has been charged with inciting riot, in the what appears to be the first federal prosecution stemming from the US unrest over racism and police brutality. Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, traveled from Galesburg, Illinois, about 300 miles (500 kilometers) south of Minneapolis with the intent of causing damage and looting, according to charges filed in Minnesota federal court Monday. In a May 29 self-taken video he posted online, Rupert can be seen passing out explosive devices he possessed, encouraging others to throw his explosives at law enforcement officers, actively damaging property, appearing to light a building on fire and looting businesses in Minneapolis, the Justice Department said. They got SWAT trucks up there ... I ve got some bombs if some of you all want to throw them back ... Here I got some more...light it and throw it, he says in the video. In another video posted on May 31 he says, let s start a riot and I m going to start doing some damage, the charges allege. READ: Autopsy finds George Floyd s death was homicide Rupert was charged with one count each of civil disorder, rioting and possession of an explosive device. There was no indication in the indictment of Rupert s political leanings. On Saturday, President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr said they were going to target the leftist Antifa group for allegedly driving the rioting and looting around the country during protests sparked by the police killing of a Minneapolis African American man. Rupert appears to have been in legal trouble in the past.  READ: Four Minneapolis policemen fired after death of unarmed black man According to news reports, a Matthew L. Rupert of Galesburg was arrested in 2018 on charges related to trading in stolen guns. The Galesburg police department also issued a warrant for his arrest on February 7 this year for possession of methamphetamine. 

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