FBI Asks For Videos Of People Inciting Violence At Protests, Gets Police Videos
On Monday, the FBI put out a request on social media for evidence of individuals inciting violence during peaceful protests across the country, leading many on Twitter to share photos and videos of police officers using force against protesters.
According to Newsweek, the FBI wrote on its Twitter account: "The FBI is seeking information and digital media depicting individuals inciting violence during First Amendment protected peaceful demonstrations.”
The post included a link to the FBI’s website with more information.
"To help us identify actors who are actively instigating violence in the wake of 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 webpage explained. "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."
Newsweek noted that the request appeared to be looking for information on outside agitators and violent protesters using the demonstrations to start trouble, but many social media users directed the FBI’s attention to police as well.
The publication pointed out a response from Jordan Uhl, which read, “Here’s some,” alongside “a compilation clip showing officers attacking demonstrators and driving a vehicle through a crowd of protesters.”
- Many other examples followed, including videos where “an officer or officers attack a group of protesters, seemingly unprovoked,” and other clips showing “police spraying tear gas in protesters' faces or shoving them violently to the ground.”
- When Newsweek asked the FBI if the agency intended to investigate allegations of police brutality, a spokesperson directed the publication to its website and added, “We do not have any further comment.”