DC Police Investigating ‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign Burning As Potential Hate Crime

DC Police Investigating ‘Black Lives Matter’ Sign Burning As Potential Hate Crime

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) of Washington, D.C. is investigating a “Black Lives Matter” sign burning that occurred at pro-Trump and “Stop the Steal” protests on Saturday as a potential hate crime.

“The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating this offense as potentially being motivated in whole or in part by hate or bias. The designation can be changed at any point as an investigation proceeds and more information is gathered,” a press release from the department read.

While the MPD said the event appeared to be “motivated … by hate or bias,” prosecutors have the freedom to decide if they will litigate it as such.

MPD, Crime Solvers of Washington, DC, MPD, the FBI Washington Field Office are offering rewards totaling $3,000 “for information which leads to arrest and indictment of suspects in this case.”

Video footage from The Daily Caller Reporter Shelby Talcott shows a group of “Proud Boys and Trump supporters” gathering around the banner, which appears to have been torn down from Asbury United Methodist Church and dousing it in a type of fuel before lighting it.

Other footage captured on the ground shows a similar situation unfolding in front of Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, which also had displayed a BLM sign.

According to data collected by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED), up to 95 percent of this summer’s riots are linked to Black Lives Matter activism, including in cities such as DC.

Jordan Davidson is a staff writer at The Federalist. She graduated from Baylor University where she majored in political science and minored in journalism.
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