West Hollywood; Seattle; Portland; Pasco, Wash .; and Palos Verdes Estates, California.
These are just a few of the cities that the recently arrested rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin came from. And as unrest continues to emerge in the United States, such data has sparked speculation about the origins of the agitators and their organization.
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The records released so far reveal a mix of out-of-towers, folks whose hometown police don’t know, and locals too. Records show that many Kenosha residents were swept up in the arrests, just as residents of Washington, DC and Minneapolis participated in the riots in those cities.
Perhaps the best-known speculation, President Trump claimed in an interview with The Ingraham Angle on Monday evening that he had spoken to someone who was on a “plane from a certain city”
While Trump, who said the alleged incident involving the darkly uniformed people on the plane is being investigated, has become heated over the vague and threatening comments, he is far from being the first elected official to say that rioters organize and travel for the purpose could cause unrest. Mayor Muriel Bowser of Democratic Washington DC made the claim just hours earlier Monday.
“There are people from parts of Maryland and Virginia. People from Portland and Minneapolis,” she said of people arrested in the district for riot-related activities. “The people quoted about the organized protests were from Minneapolis and Portland.”
Peter Newsham, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department, added, “From Thursday through this morning, the vast majority of those arrested, over 70 percent, are not from the District of Columbia. So they seem to be people who have come to our city, ours peaceful city, come with the intent to destroy property and injure people. “
And that spring, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter made a false claim that “every single person” arrested in the first riot after George Floyd’s death was from a different state, while the Mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, “white supremacists” and “accused instigators” from the state, allegations that have later been shown to be largely false.
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The Ministry of Justice (DOJ) has conducted an investigation into “organizations [and] The people who pay to move these people across the country, “DHS Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Chad Wolf, told Fox News Tucker Carlson Monday. Wolf said the” tactics “used in unrest in some Cities will import others. The investigation comes following requests for such investigation from Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., Trump-supporting Georgia Democratic Rep. Vernon Jones, and others .
And arrest data backs up claims that at least some of the rioters traveled long distances to participate in the violence, although most of the arrests have come from locals and people moving into cities from their local areas.
In DC, a person arrested this summer was identified as a native of Washington state. Two people were from California, two from New York, one from Wisconsin, three from Florida, and others from several states. Overall, 43% of riot-related detainees were from Washington, DC, 27% from Maryland, and 12% from Virginia, according to data from the Metropolitan Police Department.
Interestingly, 12% of those arrested in the DC riot were classified as “unknown”. It is unclear exactly why this percentage was so high, and the Metropolitan Police Department did not say whether people arrested in rioting refused to provide police with ID or simply had no ID with them when they came with them came into contact with the police. The people from “unknown” countries had their names and ages recorded by the police.
“Individuals arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department must be identified as part of the arrest booking process,” an MPD spokesman responded to questions from Fox News. “There is no legal requirement for a person to identify themselves in the District of Columbia. Because of this, MPD collects certain mandatory biographical information (DC code 5-113.01) as part of the arrest process. When this information is given orally, it will be recorded as indicated by the arrested person. A person charged with a crime does not need to have an address to be arrested. “
In some cases, however, riots are mostly local. In Minneapolis, dozens of people were arrested for riot and looting last week after police mistakenly blamed the death of a man – he shot himself. Minneapolis police arrested 39 people on August 28, two-thirds of whom were Minneapolis residents. Only one person was from another state and the rest from other cities in Minnesota.
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However, Kenosha, Wisconsin, a much smaller city than DC or Minneapolis, appears to have been hit hardest by extra-state rioters, according to local authorities. The Kenosha Police Department tweeted that arrests during last week’s riots hit people from 44 different cities, 102 of whom lived outside of Kenosha.
Many of the people outside of Kenosha were from other cities in Wisconsin, including Green Bay and Milwaukee. And several people from Illinois who appeared to have crossed the state line to join the riot were arrested – Kenosha is in southern Wisconsin near the Illinois border.
However, several people who had traveled extraordinarily long distances to participate in the riot were arrested. According to a Fox News analysis of last week’s Kenosha County’s Sheriff’s Department records, at least nine people were primarily from Washington state, several from Seattle. There were also at least two from Oregon, three from California, two from Minnesota, two from North Carolina, one from Kentucky, and one from Connecticut.
Of course, these numbers only represent those who have been arrested. It is likely that there were many more people outside of the state who were not arrested during the Kenosha Riots. Overall, however, more Kenosha people were arrested than in any other location.
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The large number of locals also suggests that for the most part the riots are not organized centrally, but rather planned on social media with activists in individual cities and surrounding areas focusing on urban areas, as part of the crowd is made up of non-state rioters is represented.
A number of high profile figures on the right have made allegations that the rioters could be funded by an outside party. These included Senator Paul, who was surrounded by an angry crowd last week as he left the White House after President Trump’s Republican National Convention (RNC) address.
“My question is: who are these people?” Paul said in a comment for Fox News. “Who paid for their hotel rooms? Who flown them in? Law enforcement must look into funding for such violent criminal activity.”
Georgia Rep. Jones, a Democrat who supports Trump, made a similar allegation that rioters were paid in an interview with Fox News after experiencing similar experiences to Paul, who left the White House last week. And Republican Colorado Rep. Buck called on the DOJ to investigate the alleged funding of the rioters.
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However, so far it has not been possible for the authorities to identify a central organization or source of funding linked to the rioters they arrested and to leave the question open whether the riots are actually being funded and planned centrally, or more organic.
“We can’t … connect a protester to a single group, funder, or organization. Though I don’t think it would be a big leap to say that the type of organization and the resources that bring it to bear are organizing and are funded, “said Mayor Bowser on Monday.
The Minneapolis Police Department did not say whether they could determine if a central force was organizing or paying for the rioters, and the Kenosha Police Department did not respond to a request for comment on the Fox News story.
Adam Shaw, Evie Fordham and Yael Halon of Fox News contributed to this report.