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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Obstructing Pittsburgh Police during May 30, 2020 Pittsburgh Protest

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to a charge of obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

George Allen, 32, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on May 30, 2020, Allen did knowingly and willfully throw a piece of concrete at an occupied Pittsburgh police vehicle, which broke a passenger window and struck an officer, resulting in minor bruising. Allen’s actions caused the obstruction, impediment and interference of law enforcement officers engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for November 10, 2021. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Judge Schwab ordered that the defendant remain on bond pending sentencing,

Assistant United States Attorney Jonathan D. Lusty is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation.

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Updated July 22, 2021