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Butler man facing charges stemming from Pittsburgh protest

June 26, 2020 News Extra

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Pittsburgh Police shared this photo on Twitter on June 18, 2020 asking for the public's help identifying the man. On Jun. 25, the police updated the thread to report that the man pictured is Jordan Erdos, of Butler, and that he was arrested in connection with the demonstrations downtown on May 30.

A Butler man was arrested for allegedly attacking a broadcast news cameraman and damaging a Pittsburgh Police vehicle during a Black Lives Matter rally last month.

Jordan M. Erdos, 20, was arraigned early Friday morning for aggravated assault and rioting, both felonies, and misdemeanors of recklessly endangering another person and disorderly conduct for his alleged actions at the event, according to court records. Erdos' arrest was the result of a joint police effort in the Butler area that included agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the newly-created, Pittsburgh-run Damage Assessment Accountability Task Force, according to a Pittsburgh police complaint. The task force was created with the intention of finding people who allegedly turned violent during the rally. Erdos is being held in Allegheny County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

According to police, Erdos was seen in videos punching and kicking the cameraman and the police vehicle.

FBI agents met with Erdos at his grandparents's home in Butler on June 23, according to the report. Police described Erdos as “gracious.”

The report continues, “He stated that he had seen himself in the media and had heard that law enforcement (was) wanting to speak with him.”

He told authorities that he “went to just be part of the protest against the police, but got caught up in the emotions” of the event, Erdos told police that he didn't damage any police vehicles, and he didn't “hurt or touch the cameraman.”

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