Rioter gets probation after trying to burn down school during George Floyd protest, sparking outcry

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A Black Lives Matter rioter who protested the death of George Floyd by attempting to set a Minnesota high school on fire had his wrist slapped on Thursday with a probation sentence.

Mohamed Hussein Abdi was also disciplined with an order to fork over $34,000 to Gordon Parks High School in restitution after he pled guilty to conspiracy to commit arson, according to a report by Fox News.

The 5-year probation sentence handed down by Reagan-appointed District Court Judge David S. Doty was “imposed pursuant to the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984,” U.S. District Court documents indicated.

The then 19-year-old protestor was caught on surveillance cameras inside the school attempting to set a fire in the cafeteria. He and another individual are shown in the footage pouring a clear liquid substance from white containers onto the floor and in a trash can before Abdi set the trash can on fire using a liquid-drenched garment. Both individuals then fled the scene as smoke began to fill the air.

Abdi was arrested a month after the May 28, 2020 incident.

The man, who was a mere teenager at the time of the incident, may have a future in politics as one individual suggested on social media.

Many others drew comparisons with the treatment of the Jan. 6 prisoners, at least one of whom has gone on a hunger strike in part due to the disparate treatment of the 2020 Black Lives Matter rioters like Abdi who committed actual violent acts but are let off easy.

Others found it difficult not to question the soft sentencing and wondered if maybe – just maybe – it could be contributing to the sharp rise in crime over the past two years.

But some thought the soft sentencing was apropos given the corporate media’s characterization of the George Floyd riots as “mostly peaceful.”


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