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Apple helps FBI access protester’s iCloud who ‘bombed at least two police cars’

Apple helps FBI access protester’s iCloud who ‘bombed at least two police cars’ at demonstration in Seattle after George Floyd’s death

  • George Floyd died on May 25 under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer
  • In the days that followed, protests erupted in the US and eventually around the world
  • Protesters began calling for the defundation of police stations at national level
  • On May 30, a protester identified by the FBI as Kelly Jackson wore a mask when he allegedly set fire to at least two police patrol vehicles during protests in Seattle.
  • The FBI has obtained Verizon records for Jackson that revealed his location during protests and the phone calls he made; they also found out that he was using an iPhone 7
  • The FBI then asked Apple for assistance in accessing the suspect’s iCloud information
  • Apple agreed, giving the FBI possible evidence in the form of screenshots from Jackson’s photo library, which contained the ingredients for a Molotov cocktail

Apple helped the FBI access iCloud information from a Seattle protester suspected of setting fire to at least two police patrol cars during a rally in the days following George Floyd’s death.

According to a search warrant obtained by Forbes, Kelly Jackson (pictured) was arrested last week for allegedly setting fire to at least two police patrol cars on May 30.

According to a search warrant obtained by Forbes, Kelly Jackson (pictured) was arrested last week for allegedly setting fire to at least two police patrol cars on May 30.

In the days following the death of Floyd, who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, protests erupted against police brutality in the US and worldwide.

According to the FBI, a masked protester set fire to at least two patrol cars at one such demonstration in Seattle. The FBI later received a tip about the suspect’s identity.

According to a search warrant obtained by ForbesKelly Jackson was arrested last week for allegedly setting fire to at least two police patrol cars on May 30.

While the FBI reviewed the tip, agents monitored surveillance feeds, social media images, and news footage.

They eventually got phone data from Verizon and discovered that the suspect was using an iPhone 7.

The FBI asked Apple for help accessing Jackson’s iCloud information.

Apple helped the FBI access iCloud information from one of its customers suspected of bombing police cars in Seattle in the days following George Floyd's death in May

Apple helped the FBI access iCloud information from one of its customers suspected of bombing police cars in Seattle in the days following George Floyd's death in May

The FBI received a tip about this masked man at a protest in Seattle on May 30

The FBI received a tip about this masked man at a protest in Seattle on May 30

Apple helped the FBI access iCloud information from one of its customers suspected of bombing police cars in Seattle in the days following George Floyd’s death. The FBI received a tip about this masked man at a protest in Seattle on May 30

Video footage shows a male suspect throwing an apparently glass bottle with a burning cloth or paper wick through the open driver's door of a Seattle police car

Video footage shows a male suspect throwing an apparently glass bottle with a burning cloth or paper wick through the open driver's door of a Seattle police car

Video footage shows a male suspect throwing an apparently glass bottle with a burning cloth or paper wick through the open driver’s door of a Seattle police car

And although Apple – which has come under fire by President Trump for refusing to help the government hack the physical iPhones of a Saudi citizen who shot three people dead at a naval base in Pensacola last year – the company aided the FBI in the case against Jackson.

Their search through his iCloud yielded potential evidence in the form of screenshots reportedly hosted in Jackson’s photo library.

According to Forbes, a screenshot showed an Instagram post promoting the protest called The Defiant Walk of Resistance Against Injustice.

Jackson has been charged with unlawful possession of a devastating device and arson

Jackson has been charged with unlawful possession of a devastating device and arson

Jackson has been charged with unlawful possession of a devastating device and arson

Another image showed a list of ‘ingredients’ for a Molotov cocktail.

Meanwhile, videos from the account showed the hands of a white man opening a black bag with a green glass bottle with a gold cap filled with liquid, Forbes said.

A second video showed a similar glass bottle thrown in the door of a police car and set on fire.

Jackson has been charged with unlawful possession of a devastating device and arson.

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

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