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Grand Rapids police seek help to ID rioters who damaged downtown buildings

Posted at 5:15 AM, Jun 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-12 05:18:00-04

Grand Rapids police have released videos and images from the riots in downtown Grand Rapids last month in hopes of finding those involved.

The department, along with Silent Observer, opened a portal for people to submit photos and videos and ended up closing it shortly after due to the overwhelming amount of evidence received.

In a Facebook post, the department said it has made numerous arrests in connection to the riots on May 30 but still has more to make.

The first video released shows people breaking into the news studio attached to the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). Police are hoping you can help them identify the man seen in the video wearing a light blue face mask and black framed glasses or anyone else seen breaking windows.

Police also want help trying to identify the woman with a bat, or the man she handed it to, trying to break the windows at the Secretary of State Offices on North Division.

The department is also hoping to track down the woman seen in this picture wearing a maroon top who is wanted for allegedly damaging police cruisers.

"These videos do not represent what Grand Rapids stands for, but hopefully the community and police can work together to hold these people accountable," the department said in its Facebook post.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 616-456-3380 or submit a tip to Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.