A 20-year-old man from the Pittsburgh area faces federal charges related to instigating violence during protests: According to the criminal complaint, Bartels said his motive was, in part, “that he considers himself to be far ‘left’ and that he had become fed up with incidents involving police mistreatment of citizens.”
In another incident a 52-year-old Pittsburgh man is accused of leaving a bag of bombs in downtown Pittsburgh according to charges filed by federal prosecutor Scott Brady:
“Once again, we see that certain participants in the protests in Pittsburgh were only present to serve as agitators and to incite violence. Let’s call them what they are: criminals,” Brady said in a statement released Saturday. “They have no intention of peacefully exercising their First Amendment rights; they seek only to incite and destroy. "
It looks like white agitators exist and will face severe consequences. The available evidence from Pittsburgh is consistent with them being local Antifa supporters rather than the alleged vast conspiracy of “white supremacists” that some Democrats claimed early on.
My opinion is that it is too early to say what the motives were exactly, especially for Michanowicz. I have found no evidence of motive in any of the public papers.
I suspect that there are multiple actors and multiple motivations. It is entirely possible that a few of the agitators really are white supremacists acting as a false flag, but I suspect that the vast majority are from Antifa or its supporters.
There are plenty of people trying to sow confusion and unrest. Here is one example from a Black woman confronting two white(?) women dressed in black who were spray painting a building with BLM:
According to Susan Rice, they may all be Russian operatives:
. . .we have extremists, who have come to try to hijack those protests and turn them into something very different. I would bet based on my experience, I’m not reading the intelligence these days, but based on my experience, this is right out of the Russian playbook as well.
My experience that we find what we are looking for on some level.
I lived through the beltway sniper killings and the authorities kept looking for two white guys in a van based on input from profiling experts. It turned out the real killers were two black guys in an old sedan who had driven through multiple police checkpoints without raising suspicions.
Here is a report from Harrisburg of protestors using pepper spray to instigate violence against police:
. . . officials are reviewing body camera footage and determined some of the pepper spray wasn’t used by officers. “A portion of that pepper spray was not deployed by police but in fact deployed by one of the protesters, possibly by two of the protesters. We have images of those protesters and those are being circulated," he said.
Police are still looking for an instigator with an Antifa flag that he used to damage a police car:
National media are still claiming “no sign of Antifa envolvement”:
My observation is that many in the media were more than happy to run with the highly suspect reports from the Jussie Smollett hoax about “white guys in MAGA hats”, but they are downplaying good evidence of Antifa violence.