Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Obstructing Police During 2020 Pittsburgh Protest

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court Thursday on a charge of obstruction of law enforcement during civil disorder, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

Jordan Coyne, 26, was sentenced to 18 months of incarceration followed by three years of supervised release by United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab. Judge Schwab permitted the defendant to remain on bond and self-report by March 10, 2023, to begin his sentence.

The court was previously advised that on May 30, 2020, Coyne did knowingly and willfully throw multiple pieces of concrete at a vehicle occupied by police officers. The defendant was caught on video throwing numerous items that struck police officers, including rocks, bricks, pieces of concrete, and a tear gas canister. The tear gas canister struck an officer in the hand, causing the officer’s thumb to bleed and swell. Coyne’s actions caused the obstruction, impediment and interference of law enforcement officers engaged in the lawful performance of their official duties.

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

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

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