We who have followed and reported on the Antifa movement for a long time know that they’re involved in the riots, so it’s nice to hear that the Feds get it too.
Federal law enforcement officials are looking into whether Antifa has been organizing the riots that have wreaked havoc in a variety of cities across the country, according to Fox.
According to one DOJ official, they have seen signs of “very organized” coordination from “professional agitators,” some of whom are connected to Antifa.
“You see the hallmarks… We’re trying to see if there’s a coordinated command and control, you see those bread crumbs and that’s what we’re trying to verify,” another senior DOJ official said. He said they were looking into the “rocks and bricks” being left in various protest areas as one aspect of that organization and control.
Another DOJ official said that several U.S. Attorney’s Offices were pursing cases against Antifa-connected people.
We reported on the stashes of bricks as well as on the stashes of incendiary devices and people using and/or distributing incendiary devices in a variety of different cities across the country.
Fox has more:
In New York, officials described more violent acts by protesters. New York Police Department Commissioner Dermot F. Shea said Wednesday that some of plastic bottles that have been thrown at police are often filled with cement. He also described multiple incidents of Molotov cocktails thrown at buildings with people inside.
He also described how two sites were found in Brooklyn and Queens where pre-staged bricks were placed and transported to protests. Shea said construction sites have been burglarized in Manhattan – where bricks were believed to be taken.
In Tampa, there were reports that members of the bomb team found mortars in bushes downtown, and bricks and other items were hidden in trash cans to throw at police officers.
Members of bomb team found mortars in bushes downtown, @ChiefDugan says the bricks & debris in trash can were all hidden by protestors across downtown @CityofTampa to throw at police officers + vehicles @TB_Times pic.twitter.com/QRxNWU0rHc
— Anastasia Dawson (@adawsonwrites) June 3, 2020
If you follow leftist accounts on line, it’s pretty easy to see the involvement. You can see their encouragement of the riots or in some of their own words, “the people’s rebellion.” You can see their videos of different actions.
Those things are some of what the Feds are looking at, “ways in which we can exploit phones and data communications that could give us a mosaic to see if there’s a coordinated command and control, that’s what we’re looking for.”
While the authorities are seeing “third party agitators” like Antifa-connected people, what they aren’t seeing? Far right action. “I’ve seen very little in the way of far-right groups, but we are looking and that may be out there,” one official said.
While this has been a question of debate in media, the investigators Fox spoke to said there were a lot of people coming from outside the community, indicating a national level of coordination.