FBI Seeks Information On Individuals Inciting Violence

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The FBI announced that it is seeking information and digital media, depicting individuals inciting violence during First Amendment-protected “peaceful demonstrations.”

In a press release issued Monday, 1 June, the FBI stated it “respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Our mission of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution is dual and simultaneous, not contradictory.”
 
“Accordingly, 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.
 
If you witness or have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant to the case at fbi.gov/violence” the press release states.

Additionally, they advise that you may “call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation.”

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