Anarchist groups from outside New York City used the death of George Floyd and the protests it sparked as cover to plan and carry out violent acts in the city, the New York Police Department’s terrorism commissioner said.

There is a high level of confidence within the NYPD that the anarchist gruops organized scouts, medics, and supply routes of rocks, bottles and accelerants for breakaway groups to commit vandalism and violence, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said, according to New York’s NBC 4.

Anarchists ‘developed a complex network of bicycle scouts to move ahead of demonstrators in different directions of where police were and where police were not for purposes of being able to direct groups from the larger group to places where they could commit acts of vandalism including the torching of police vehicles,’ an NYPD official said. / YouTube

There are strong indicators the anarchists planned for violence in advance using at times encrypted communications, Miller said.

“Before the protests began, organizers of certain anarchists groups set out to raise bail money and people who would be responsible to be raising bail money, they set out to recruit medics and medical teams with gear to deploy in anticipation of violent interactions with police,” Miller said.

Miller said the anarchists “developed a complex network of bicycle scouts to move ahead of demonstrators in different directions of where police were and where police were not for purposes of being able to direct groups from the larger group to places where they could commit acts of vandalism including the torching of police vehicles and Molotov cocktails where they thought officers would not be.”

Samantha Shader, 27, of Catskill in upstate New York, was accused of throwing a Molotov cocktail at an NYPD vehicle that was occupied by four police officers. When she was being cuffed, federal prosecutors say that she bit one of the officer’s leg.

According to charging documents, Shader allegedly threw a Molotov cocktail at 1:12 a.m. in Brooklyn Saturday morning. The FBI says it shattered two windows of the NYPD vehicle and damaged the vehicle while officers were inside. The complaint alleges that the FBI was able to get video of the incident from a witness.
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