Man Pleads Guilty — Made Molotov Cocktails To Burn Down Police Union

A man has pleaded guilty to making a dozen Molotov cocktails as part of a plan to burn down a Seattle police union building in 2020.

In a statement on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Nick Brown — of the western district of Washington — announced that Justin Christopher Moore has pleaded guilty to a charge of unlawful possession of a destructive device.

The 34-year-old admitted in the plea agreement that he had constructed the Molotov cocktails as part of a protest against police that took place on Labor Day in 2020.

During the event, 22 activists were arrested. According to police, the rioters had been throwing explosives and rocks at officers, as well as spraying police with bear spray.

After smelling gasoline, police “grew concerned about the intentions of protestors” and decided to move them away from the police union building, which is located in downtown Seattle. Moore’s Molotov cocktails were discovered in a parking lot next to the building.

The Seattle Police Department shared an image of the devices they seized at the time in a post on Twitter.

Moore was later identified by investigators thanks to video taken during the protest, along with video obtained from “electronic devices of other co-conspirators.”

Police searched his home back in June of 2021, discovering clothing matching what he had worn at the protest. They also found items in the basement consistent with the manufacture of explosive devices, as well as a notebook in which Moore had written about making explosive devices.

Moore is facing up to 10 years in prison.

The protest Moore took part in made headlines after police inside the union building played the song, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” as officers closed in on the demonstrators. During the protest, one activist put a sign on an overpass stating: “All My Heroes Kill Cops.”