FEATURED PHOTO: CUYAHOGA COUNTY PROSECUTOR MICHAEL O’MALLEY
Patch.com, By Chris Mosby, Posted August 25th 2020
The individuals are accused of damaging restaurants like Yours Truly and the Winking Lizard during protests.
A grand jury has indicted 10 people for crimes committed during the May 30 protest in downtown Cleveland.
“These individuals are just a handful of those who damaged or destroyed public buildings and police vehicles, and looted or destroyed dozens of private businesses,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said. “We will hold these individuals accountable as well as any others who are later identified. We are thankful for the dedicated work all of our law enforcement partners put into these cases.”
Protesters gathered in downtown Cleveland on May 30 to demonstrate against police brutality. Officers fired tear gas into the crowd and protesters responded by burning police cruisers and destroying businesses.
The U.S. Attorney’s office partnered with federal law enforcement, like the FBI and ATF, along with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office and Cleveland police, in the investigation.
“These ten individuals, along with the others previously charged, are only the beginning of identifying and holding criminals accountable for their despicable behavior on May 30th. These individuals wrecked our city, damaged and destroyed our businesses, and terrified business owners and citizens,” said FBI Special Agent Eric Smith. “The FBI and our law enforcement and community partners will not cease to ensure all those that used the shield of legitimate protests for their criminal misconduct are appropriately charged.”
The following indictments were announced:
- Teirrah Billups, 23, is accused of using a baseball bat to damage property at Yours Truly, Geiger’s Clothing and Dollar General. She faces charges of aggravated burglary, vandalism, theft, breaking and entering and aggravated riot.
- Andre Decosta, 18, is accused of using a dolly to damaged a Cleveland police cruiser on W. 3rd and destroying cameras mounted on the Justice Center. He faces charges of vandalism, disrupting public services and aggravated riot.
- Brian Copley, 38, is accused of breaking into Karl’s Inn of the Barristers on W. 3rd and stealing items. He faces charges of breaking and entering, theft and aggravated riot.
- Kasin Lane, 21, is accused of using a bike to break a window at the Cuyahoga County Courthouse Square Office. He faces charges of vandalism, breaking and entering and aggravated riot.
- Justin Tulloch, 22, is accused of damaging a Cleveland police cruiser on Ontario Street. He faces charges of vandalism and aggravated riot.
- Chandler Knesebeck, 18 is accused of breaking into Boost Mobile in Public Square. He faces charges of breaking and entering and possessing criminal tools.
- Thomas Dimaria, 27, is accused of stealing equipment from a police cruiser on Lakeside Avenue. He faces charges of theft, obstructing official business and aggravated riot.
- Aharon Schur, 33, is accused of damaging a Cleveland police cruiser near W. 3rd Street and Lakeside Avenue and using a claw hammer to damage a Justice Center terminal. He face charges of vandalism, criminal damaging and aggravated riot.
- Tanis Quach, 31, is accused of throwing a piece of concrete through a Justice Center window. He faces charges of vandalism and aggravated riot.
- Jessica Allen, 21, is accused of breaking into the Winking Lizard on Huron Road, damaging computers and registers and stealing items. She faces charges of breaking and entering, vandalism, theft and aggravated riot.
All 10 people will be arraigned at Cuyahoga County Justice Center at a later date, prosecutors said.