Antifascist Activist Arrested for "Inciting a Riot," Prosecutors Cite Social Media Activity

(ROCHESTER NY--) A Rochester-area antifascist activist was arrested Friday afternoon on federal charges of "inciting a riot."

Rylea Autumn, who according to social media accounts uses they/them pronouns, has been misgendered by local media and police. According to the Monroe County Jail census, they are currently being held with men in the Monroe County Jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for next Wednesday September 30.

Federal prosecutors say Autumn sought to agitate other Black Lives Matter protesters by moving a police barrier and then shouting while being arrested on September 2nd, the day news of Daniel Prude's killing by Rochester Police officers became public.

In a remarkable move with chilling implications for free speech and civil liberties, federal prosecutors also cite Autumn's social media activity (which allegedly includes instructions for building a Molotov cocktail) and their antifascist, "anarcho-communist" political views to justify the federal charges.

Autumn had been previously charged locally with two misdemeanors in connection with the September 2nd protests.

According to the Democrat & Chronicle, the Monroe County Sheriff's Department has been monitoring their social media activity since then and reported it to federal authorities.

If convicted on the federal charges, Autumn could face up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.