Majority of Atlanta protest arrests were Georgia residents

Roughly 80 percent of those arrested in the Atlanta riots following the murder of George Floyd were residents of Georgia - some with prior criminal history, many without.

While multiple peaceful protests were organized and held throughout North Georgia to protest the May 25 murder of George Floyd, there was also widespread looting and rioting in Atlanta in the days following the murder.


This afternoon, June 4, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation released the results of a preliminary analysis of arrests related to protest events in Atlanta from May 29th – June 1st.   


Preliminary analysis has revealed the following:


Residency: Of the more than 370 arrests examined in Atlanta/Fulton County, 57 subjects were from out-of-state, five subjects were homeless, and the majority (294) were Georgia residents. Some subjects are still being affirmatively identified and may have provided false information upon arrest.


Criminal History: While most subjects did not have any prior criminal history, there were multiple (more than 30) instances where an arrested subject had a significant criminal history including charges that could be consistent with prior involvement in violent civil unrest.

The most common criminal history charges included:

  • Willful obstruction

  • Terroristic threats and acts

  • False name/DOB to LEO

  • Aggravated assault

  • Multiple subjects had active warrants at the time of their arrest.


Age: The average age of arrested subjects was 24. The youngest age arrested was 17 and the oldest was 69.


Considerations

This is preliminary analysis based off the arrest data we have to date (does not include 6/2/20 arrests any arrests after that) and these numbers will change as APD/other LE submit arrest logs to GBI-GISAC.


Multiple instances of subjects with history of willful obstruction/assault charges suggest prior involvement in similar protests/riots.

  • A 34 y/o male from Minnesota was arrested in Atlanta and analysts are working to confirm his involvement in the Minneapolis riots prior to his travel to GA.

  • A Florida resident had multiple obstruction/trespassing/assault charges out of Missouri near the time of the Ferguson civil unrest. This subject was arrested in Atlanta and live-streamed his post-arrest detainment to social media while handcuffed with APD. He was also a convicted felon.

  • 10 or more subjects were bonded out by one out of state individual - suggesting coordination and outside influence.

  • GBI-GISAC is coordinating with federal law enforcement as well as multiple states across the region to deconflict arrest data and link associations for individuals who traveled to multiple states for violent engagement.


States of Residency for Arrested Subjects:

Alabama, Missouri, Minnesota, Arkansas, North Carolina, Maryland, California, New Jersey, Michigan, Coloroda, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, New York, Virginia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kansas, and South Carolina 

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