Man receives 4-year prison sentence, Has to pay $12 million in restitution for Minneapolis police precinct fire

Man receives 4-year prison sentence, Has to pay $12 million in restitution for Minneapolis police precinct fire

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30 April 2021 Friday 14:09
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Man receives 4-year prison sentence, Has to pay $12 million in restitution for Minneapolis police precinct fire

Dylan Shakespeare Robinson helped establish a police building on fire in May.

A Minnesota man was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in putting fire to a Minneapolis police station through protests denouncing the police killing of George Floyd.

A massive crowd of protesters had gathered in the construction days after Floyd's death and about the night of May 28 the audience started yelling"Burn it down, burn ," according to this press release.

A fence surrounding the construction was subsequently ripped down and Robinson, together with other people, breached the fence and entered the building.

Robinson lit an item held by an unidentified co-conspirator who pulled it toward the construction"with the aim that it would begin a fire or gas an present fire," that the U.S. Attorney's office stated.

That forecast was summoned in the time of this demonstration, CNN reported.

"On the night of May 28, 2020,'' Mr. Robinson decided to depart from legal protest and rather engaged in destruction and violence. The arson in the Minneapolis Police Department's Third Precinct place lives at risk also led to widespread lawlessness in Minneapolis," stated Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk. "With the current sentence, Mr. Robinson is held responsible for his actions."

Robinson's attorney didn't immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.

Others -- Bryce Michael Williams, 27, Davon De-Andre Turner, 25, and Branden Michael Wolfe, 23, -- have pleaded guilty to a single count each of conspiracy to commit arson to their roles at the flame in the Third Precinct construction and will be sentenced at a later date, officials said.

The passing of Floyd sparked federal protests calling for the conclusion of police brutality and racial abuse.

Former cop Derek Chauvin, that had been spotted pressing his knee to Floyd's neck for at least nine minutes at a mobile video, was found guilty in the death of Floyd on April 20.

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