|Posted by JJ The Psychotherapist on April 29, 2021 at 3:50 PM|
According to reports, Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 23, was sentenced to pay $12 million for his role in torching a Minneapolis police station during the May 2020 Black Lives Matter riots.
Robinson, who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit arson charge in December, must pay the fine after serving a four-year prison sentence. Robinson's lawyer stated that his client has "no realistic chance" of being able to pay the $12 million fine.
The Associated Press reported that “Dylan Shakespeare Robinson, 23, was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release and pay back $12 million for damages caused by the May 2020 precinct fire.”
“According to a federal complaint, Robinson was accused of lighting a Molotov cocktail that was thrown at the 3rd Precinct headquarters on East Lake Street by another person. Robinson and others are also accused of tearing down a fence that surrounded the building, according to the Associated Press.
The report noted, "Three other people have pleaded guilty in federal court for their roles in the precinct fire and are awaiting sentencing."
Robinson, who traveled 120 miles south to Minneapolis from Brainerd, Minnesota, was one of thousands of people who participated in weeks of protests and riots in Minneapolis following the death of George Floyd, according to the BBC.
According to the BBC, surveillance video from the precinct shows Robinson lighting a "incendiary device" held by another person and then setting fire inside the station near a first-floor stairwell.
“On the night of May 28, 2020, Mr. Robinson chose to depart from lawful protest and instead engaged in violence and destruction. The arson at the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct put lives at risk and contributed to widespread lawlessness in Minneapolis,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement. “With today’s sentence, Mr. Robinson is held accountable for his actions.”
“ATF is committed to investigating the civil unrest arsons of 2020 that occurred throughout the Twin Cities,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jeff Reed, of the ATF St. Paul Field Division. “Arson, being inherently violent, is a serious crime that put many of our community members at risk, and it cannot be tolerated.”
“The danger posed by the defendant, in this case, was very real,” said Michael Paul, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Minneapolis field office. “Today’s sentencing sends a clear message — regardless of motivation, when someone is intent on conducting a violent act that breaks federal law, the FBI and our law enforcement partners will move assertively to hold them accountable. This type of behavior puts public servants and our entire community in danger, and we simply will not let it go unaddressed.”
Damage from fires and vandalism in Minneapolis following the Black Lives Matter riots was estimated to be worth more than $55 million in June 2020. After riots were estimated to have caused $500 million in damage, Gov. Walz requested federal funding a month later.
This is on the heals of Fox News correspondent Juan Williams stating that those who claim cities burned last summer are lying and need to be held accountable.