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‘Turn Yourself In’: Sheriff Says Search For Agitators in May Protests Continues

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) – The Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia Police Department are continuing their search for agitators who were involved in illegal activity during protests that took place in May.

So far, Sheriff Leon Lott said 83 arrests have been made as part of this ongoing investigation. However, he added more arrests will be made this week.

“I guess probably the easiest thing that I’m asking, just go ahead and turn yourselves in if you see yourself on TV, read about it and know that’s you,” Sheriff Lott said. “It’ll just save you from having to have a knock on your door at about 4 o’clock in the morning and having handcuffs put on you. If you go ahead and contact the Columbia Police Department or the sheriff’s department, we’ll welcome you to come on in.”

The sheriff’s department has previously arrested and charged agitators from the protests held on May 30. Those who have been arrested have been charged with instigating a riot.

Among those who were arrested were two members of the Boogaloo group, who is known as an extremist group looking to start a civil war.

However, Sheriff Lott said there were six people who were identified during Monday’s press conference who are sought for their involvement in the riots that weekend.

The first suspect is a man who was wearing a red hat and a black “Sniper Gang” shirt with the word “Sticks” on the back. Authorities said the man was seen stomping a Vista business employee after he was knocked unconscious. He is facing a charge for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature among other charges, according to the sheriff’s department….(Read more)

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