Loren Reed, a 27-year-old indigenous man from Page, Arizona, has been incarcerated for nearly a year after making comments on his private social media pages in which he expressed his support for the Black Lives Matter protests.
The authorities took an interest in Reed when they were alerted to a Facebook post he made requesting that his followers “React to my status if you didn’t get my invite to the Page riot happening tomorrow.”
An undercover PPD officer then infiltrated a private Facebook group Reed was in, where Reed made multiple references to his desire to “riot” and “loot”.
Reed, was then arrested and accused of conspiring to burn down both the town’s magistrate court and its police station.
Reed’s charges include using the internet and telephone to willfully threaten unlawful damage or destruction of a building by fire. And he has remained in pretrial detention since June 2.
Despite Reed’s comments, no evidence has been made publically available indicating that Reed was even in possession of fuel or any other materials necessary to initiate arson.