Jeffery William Cotton of Columbia tried to use a Molotov cocktail against peaceful protesters on June 1 in downtown Columbia, according to a probable cause statement regarding his arrest.
Cotton was charged Wednesday with a misdemeanor for promoting civil disorder.
Cotton told police that demonstrators, who were protesting the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, had damaged his car, and out of anger, he returned with Molotov cocktails to get back at them, according to the probable cause statement.
The protest that evening was marred by two women being struck by vehicles. Police have not released information concerning those two incidents.
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