Illinois man charged with handing out explosives during Minneapolis protests

Illinois man charged with handing out explosives during Minneapolis protests
Matthew Lee Rupert (Image: Police photo)

[Ed. – It was his way of expressing his grief over the death of George Floyd.]

Federal authorities have charged an Illinois man for crossing state lines into Minnesota where he filmed himself passing out explosive devices and urging people to throw them at police and buildings during nationwide unrest over the police-involved death of George Floyd.

Matthew Lee Rupert, 28, of Galesburg, Ill., was arrested and charged in Chicago Monday for civil disorder, carrying on a riot and possession of unregistered destructive devices, the Department of Justice announced in a release.

According to the criminal complaint, Rupert posted a video to his Facebook account on Thursday night, saying he was heading to Minneapolis, Minn., to participate in the protests calling for police accountability over the death of Floyd on May 25.

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Prosecutors said Rupert streamed live to his Facebook account several videos lasting hours over the weekend showing him handing out explosives to throw at law enforcement officers. …

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