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FBI calling for tips, photos of people involved in Boston riots and looting

FBI officials said they are committed to charging "violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests."

Smoke rises around police as they spray pepper spray during clashes with protesters after a demonstration over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man who died in Minneapolis Police custody, in Boston on May 31. Joseph Prezioso / AFP via Getty Images

The FBI is urging people to submit any information, photos, or videos of those involved in the violence that emerged in downtown Boston after peaceful protests on Sunday night. 

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“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 FBI wrote in a news release

Boston police reported that 53 people were arrested, more than nine officers were injured, and more than 21 police vehicles were damaged during the chaos that unfolded around 9 p.m., after thousands gathered earlier in the day for peaceful protests against police brutality and the death of George Floyd, the Black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis last week. 

Mayor Marty Walsh said during a news conference Monday that Boston EMS also brought 18 bystanders to local hospitals. 

“We are committed to apprehending and charging violent instigators who are exploiting legitimate, peaceful protests and engaging in violations of federal law,” the FBI said. “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.”

Anyone with information related to the investigation can call 1-800-225-5324 or submit photos and video here

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