COLUMBUS, OH – A 26-year-old convicted BLM rioter involved in the late-May 2020 riots was recently sentenced to over nine years in prison for attacking police officers with mortar-style fireworks during riots in Columbus.
On November 30th, 26-year-old Brandon Pack was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison after having pleaded guilty last September to aggravated riot, vandalism and breaking and entering, and three counts of felonious assault on police officers.
Back on May 29th, 2020, Pack had been using mortar fireworks as a weapon against police officers in Columbus who were tending to the then-ongoing riots. According to prosecutors, at least 21 officers were injured as a result of Pack using the mortar fireworks as a means to attack police during the riot.
Among the injuries suffered by the officers included one fractured foot, various burns, and hearing loss.
Pack was originally indicted for aggravated rioting, aggravated arson, and 12 counts of felonious assault back in December of 2020 – highlighting the months of work taken by investigators to secure an indictment at the time.
Investigators wound up homing in on Pack by referencing a combination of civilian footage from the riot alongside TV camera crew video and police helicopter surveillance that tied Pack to the mortar fireworks launched at the officers staged along Front Street in Columbus.
A #BLM activist has been sentenced up to 9.5 years in prison for his role in using mortar fireworks to burn officers at a BLM riot. Brandon Pack, of Columbus, was convicted on multiple felonies for injuring 21 officers. His bail was fundraised on @GoFundMe.https://t.co/em6FY6qfm6
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) December 4, 2021
At the time of Pack’s December 2020 arrest, his bond was set at $1 million – however, a judge reduced his bond to $10,000 in February of 2021, which afforded him the privilege to bail out of jail before being convicted.
In a statement from the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office regarding Pack’s sentencing, prosecutors Jason Manning and Steve Schott noted the following.
“On the night of May 29, 2020, many people took to the streets to exercise their constitutional right to protest, a right which must be protected. This defendant’s conduct, however, was not a peaceful protest. It was a planned, violent attack on our fellow citizens utilizing both mortar-style fireworks that can kill, as well as bricks and rocks.
The officers who served that night suffered injuries such as a fractured foot, permanent hearing loss, and burns to their bodies. Further, they were targeted for a single reason: they wore blue. We are thankful to the men and women of our Columbus Police Department for their service.”