September 16, 2020

BLM rioter who firebombed cop cars arrested after Apple gave up his iCloud pics

BLM rioter who ‘firebombed cop cars’ arrested after Apple gave up his iCloud pics

A Black Lives Matter rioter accused of firebombing cop vehicles was tracked down after tech giant Apple handed over his iCloud pics.

Forbes reported that the FBI reached out to Apple for Kelly Jackson’s iCloud information after learning of his identity.

Jackson, 20, allegedly set fire to at least two cop cars during a Black Lives Matter protest on May 30 after the death of George Floyd.

Jackson allegedly set fire to at least two police cars
Apple helped the FBI in the arrest of a BLM demonstrator
Apple helped the FBI in the arrest of a BLM demonstrator

Floyd’s death prompted hundreds of protests across the country for several months. Portland, Oregon alone has seen over 100 days of continuous protests.

Jackson was arrested last week and charged with unlawful possession of a destructive device and arson.

Video images the FBI obtained from Apple’s iCloud account showed a white man’s opening a black bag with a green glass bottle with a gold cap filled with liquid, Forbes reported.

The protest was shortly after the death of George Floyd
The protest was shortly after the death of George Floyd

According to the FBI, a similar glass bottle was shown being thrown into the open door of a police car, setting it on fire.

While Jackson’s face is not visible in the video, the individual in the video was reportedly wearing the same sweatshirt as a person photographed later that day on the same phone, with the face visible.

Also on Jackson’s iCloud account were screenshots promoting the protest he attended as well as a list of ingredients for a Molotov cocktail.

Before reaching out to Apple, the FBI obtained records from Verizon, revealing his location during the protests along with proof that he was using an iPhone 7, a search warrant reported.

According to Apple’s transparency report, in the second half of 2019, the company complied with and returned 3,645 out of 4,095 requests on user accounts from the government for user information.

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