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Apple helps FBI access the iCloud of a protester who ‘firebombed at least two police cars’

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Apple has helped the FBI access iCloud information of a Seattle protester suspected of setting fire to at least two police patrol cars during a demonstration in the days after 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 Floyd’s death, who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on May 25, protests against police brutality erupted across the US and globally. 

According to the FBI, a masked protester at one of those demonstrations in Seattle  set fire to at least two patrol cars. The FBI later received a tip about the identity of the suspect. 

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

As the FBI looked into the tip, agents checked surveillance feeds, social media images and news footage.  

They eventually obtained phone records from Verizon and found that the suspect was using an iPhone 7. 

The FBI requested help from Apple to access Jackson’s iCloud information. 

Apple has helped the FBI access iCloud information from one of its customers who is suspected of firebombing police cars in Seattle in the days following the death of George Floyd in May

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

Apple has helped the FBI access iCloud information from one of its customers who is suspected of firebombing police cars in Seattle in the days  after 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 what appears to be a glass bottle with an ignited fabric or paper wick through the open driver's side door of a police vehicle in Seattle

Video footage shows a male suspect throwing what appears to be a glass bottle with an ignited fabric or paper wick through the open driver’s side door of a police vehicle in Seattle

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meanwhile, videos from the account showed a white male’s hands opening a black bag that held a green glass bottle with a gold cap, filled with liquid, according to Forbes. 

A second video showed a similar glass bottle being thrown into the door of a cop car, setting it on fire. 

Jackson has been charged with unlawful possession of a destructive 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. governement and returned information for 3,645. 

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