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Tracking federal and non-federal cases related to Summer-Fall protests, riots, & uprisings

Latest update: October 05, 2021

Original post: July 1, 2020


Since the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 by Minneapolis police and the resulting waves of protests nationwide, tPP has fielded many requests to help provide a count of resulting felony cases. The early summer protests, riots, and sporadic uprisings resulted in over 10,000 arrests nationwide. The FBI later expanded that number to more than 13,600 (as of June 6, 2020). We have spoken with journalists, academic researchers, attorneys, community and prisoner support organizations, and many others.

tPP is focused on tracking felony cases of socio-political crime and violence, so many of these arrests likely fall within our project’s inclusion criteria. tPP tracks all types of ideological motives to study political violence. In this case, while the majority of cases are of demonstrators, some represent violence directed at demonstrators, or seemingly unrelated crimes described by State authorities (e.g., the DOJ, ATF) as ‘protest-related.’ Some of these cases will likely be excluded from our data set, but while they develop, we will continue to follow them. For example, we are including several federal cases where defendants are charged with only misdemeanors. Although this will disqualify them for later inclusion in the tPP dataset, we are including them to currently to assist those trying to track federal prosecutions.

Some have asked, ‘Why does the data set contain far-right crimes mixed in with those from demonstrators?’ Simply put, we seek to track all manners of political violence, regardless of ideology. Cases are eventually measured and coded on the basis of a defendants’ motive, ideology, etc., but in establishing these cases for preliminary tracking, we are simply asserting that the crimes have:

    • a.) a socio-political motive, and/or,
    • b.) the federal government has labeled the crime ‘protest-related,’ ‘related to the civil disturbance,’ ‘riot cases, (see below)’ or through the use of other language which links the crime to the protests.

Many of these cases were sourced from a series of releases provided by the DOJ and made available to tPP. Cases which qualify for inclusion will be evaluated by coding teams and completed for 50 variables, but in the mean time, we are sharing a partial data table of the federal arrests we are tracking. In December 2020, tPP began adding non-federal cases related to the Summer-Fall protests as well. 

Download spreadsheet of 1429 cases (including 367 federal)

(listing updated 10/05/21 @ 03:16pm EST)

Note: Some cases remain sealed and all are developing, and as a consequence, some early coding may change when final court documents are reviewed.

We will continue to update this list as information becomes available. This data is incomplete but provided for others to build upon.

This information is free to use but please credit the Prosecution Project | tPP Twitter. If you have further questions about the data, or would like more information on the cases, their inclusion criteria, etc., get in touch.

22 thoughts on “Tracking federal and non-federal cases related to Summer-Fall protests, riots, & uprisings

  1. I am curious to know how many repeat offenders occurred due to bailouts / fail to prosecute / released. Etc. Failure to prosecute facilitates further crime.

      1. No. You know they are repeat offenses because they were previously prosecuted for the same type offenses.

        “Duh.”

    1. That’s prob the 367 federal case they’re taking about cause idk if any they indicted participating in the Antifa and BLM overthrow of our country

      1. I very simple google search produces a DOJ statement last September (I think that was before the Capital riots?) that states 300 people were charged with Federal crimes. This fact, coupled with the statement that “Antifa and BLM overthrow of the country” (what were they doing to “overthrow” the country?) shows that many people don’t bother to live in a world of facts. What they assume has become fact.

        1. this is a stupid opinion. They were obviously trying to overthrow law & order and were malicious in their attacks. How were they not trying to overthrow the state of our current society? Isn’t that in their mantra? To destroy and disrupt traditional western society as well as instill a new socialist regime? Don’t most BLM leaders profess to be “trained Marxists”? Do you believe that the January 6th “riot” was enacted with the intent to overthrow the government? If so, you have no legs to stand on here & should probably reassess as to whether or not YOU live in a world of facts. What a good little minion you are though for parroting Pelosi & Kamala La Mala’s talking points.

          1. They were trying to end murders committed under color of law. Your attempt to broad-brush hundreds of thousands of sincere, lawful protesters with the stain of seeking to overthrow the government is based in ignorance, perhaps. Read more. Suppose less.

            Trump is trying to overthrow our democratic republic.

      2. And, yeah, the first word of my reply should be “A” not “I”. Not sure what happened there.

  2. I was under the impression that these prosecutions were to be handled by whatever jurisdiction in which they occurred. Where was the Jan. 6 riot?

  3. The spreadsheet does not seem to include the final sentence. Knowing if a convicted person serves one month of probation or ten years in prison is important in determining if justice was served.

    1. The vast majority of cases have not reached the sentencing stage. The sheet is being updated as cases are negotiated, pled, and sentenced. We will continue to issue updates until all cases are completed.

  4. WHAT?!? You do not believe that Jan 6, 2021, was the WORST threat to our Democracy and Liberty EVER?!? That the people inside would certify a FRAUDULENT ELECTION?!? The people outside were – just trying to prevent that…

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