Watch: Punk's Car Ruined After Bystander Turns the Tables on His Dangerous Firework Stunt


Protests against perceived “systemic racism” across the country have erupted with continued violence over the past month.

In one case, a person in a car in Riverside, California, threw a firework into the middle of a protest.

Someone in the crowd responded by throwing the firework back into the vehicle, where it then exploded.

Police recently released a video of the June 1 incident and later announced that they had apprehended a suspect in the case, the car’s driver:

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According to KABC-TV, the Riverside Police Department said that a “group of onlookers and the suspect driver” assaulted the person who had thrown the firework back into the vehicle.

From the video, police were able to identify the culprit as 20-year-old Gabriel Castillo, who was on probation for evading police at the time.

He was arrested June 23 after authorities searched his home, and was being held on a $50,000 bail.

Police were also looking for several other individuals who vandalized and looted businesses in Riverside that same day.

The department released a video of those additional incidents:

The June 1 incident allegedly involving Castillo wasn’t the only instance of fireworks being used in a dangerous manner in recent weeks.

On June 22, an assailant threw a firework at a homeless man, causing him to suffer burns on his back.

Warning: The following video contains violent images that some viewers may find disturbing:

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The New York City Police Department were looking for the man in the video, and were offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to his arrest, according to WCBS-TV.

Should Castillo be sentenced to prison time if found guilty?

Lawlessness has become increasingly prevalent since the outbreak of protests following the death of George Floyd, the Minneapolis man whose neck was knelt on by a police officer for nearly nine minutes during a May 25 arrest.

Since then, violence has continued to flood the streets, and members of the left and the establishment media have continued to make excuses and show tacit approval for the looting and riots.

Nonetheless, Democrats across the country are calling for the defunding of police.

If the left continues to get what it wants, violence will remain widespread and there will be no one left to protect the American people.

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Michael Austin joined The Western Journal as a staff reporter in 2020. Since then, he has authored hundreds of stories, including numerous original reports. He also co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of supervising staff reporter. His responsibilities now include directing the reporting team.
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