PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police have arrested a man suspected of throwing a cinder block at a police truck during the peaceful protests that turned violent the weekend after George Floyd’s death.
On Tuesday, police say 31-year-old George Allen was arrested. He is charged with aggravated assault, riot, propulsion of missiles, recklessly endangering another person and criminal mischief.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pittsburgh: Allegheny Co. Health Dept. Reports 191 New Cases, 6 Additional Deaths
The Pittsburgh police said Allen is suspected of throwing the object through the front passenger window of a tactical operations support truck on May 30 just before 5:15 p.m.
Two officers were inside the vehicle. According to court documents, one was struck with the concrete and the other officer was sprayed with broken glass.
According to police statements, bodycam footage shows the concrete being thrown into the cruiser’s window.
Detectives also tracked down a picture of Allen on Facebook, where he’s seen squatting in front of a burning police vehicle. They say his Facebook profile goes by the name of “George Justice.”
Detectives say they were able to identify him in several videos from city cameras, as well as posts on social media.
He is currently being taken to Allegheny County Jail, police say.
Police have arrested George Allen, 31, of Pittsburgh in connection with criminal acts that occurred during the May 30 protests.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Police Officers Save Newborn Baby Girl Brought To Their Station
He is charged with Aggravated Assault, Riot, Propulsion of Missiles, Recklessly Endangering Another Person, and Criminal Mischief.
— Pittsburgh Police (@PghPolice) June 23, 2020
Peaceful protests the Saturday following Floyd’s death turned violent after they were “hijacked,” Pittsburgh officials say.
Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich says a small number of people allegedly damaged 71 businesses, looted goods and left more than a dozen officers hurt.
The Damage Assessment and Accountability Taskforce is compromised of state and federal law enforcement agencies gathering evidence in order to identify this small group of people accused of turning peaceful protests into riots.
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Anyone with information is asked to call 412-323-7800 and ask for the task force or email DAAT@Pittsburghpa.gov.