an image describing "bait bricks"

I've seen this image shared on social media, original source unknown. Is there clear evidence that piles of bricks have been placed in the path of protestors far away from any construction site in order to induce destructive rioting, and if so, how common are these?



I'm just a mysterious pile o' bricks

I've been seen at many of the recent BLM protests sitting around areas of no construction or carefully removed from things like streets or sidewalks and placed in neat, easy-to-grab piles!


This is used to delegitimize the movement and allows for more force to be used. Instead, alert those around me that I am a trap, and document me with photo and video evidence using #BAITBRICKS

Do not share this post directly! Copy and paste the photo to your own page so no one is targeted!

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    @ventsyv the claim is that someone is leaving big piles of bricks near protest routes hoping they'll be thrown. It's unclear who is doing this, but it's pretty clearly being done. Maybe it's white supremacists trying to make the protests look bad, maybe it's leftist extremists hoping this becomes a full-on revolution.
    – Ryan_L
    Jun 2, 2020 at 16:16
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    @Ryan_L So is it "Someone is placing bricks" or is it "Right wing extremists are placing bricks"? Right wing people claim it's democratic mayors and / or George Soros by the way. There are also many different reports - are we to validate all of them? Do all of them have to be intentional? Is the claim that all of those are connected / organized by the same mastermind?
    – ventsyv
    Jun 2, 2020 at 16:33
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    It seems to me that anybody placing piles of bricks "intentionally ... to create violence" would be notable, so I'm not really sure why we need to decide who before looking for evidence. That strikes me as like saying "we won't examine your a claim to have seen aliens unless you name their home planet".
    – IMSoP
    Jun 2, 2020 at 18:58
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    here is a link to an article that fact checked four different piles of bricks near protests . I don't want to conclude that this disproves intentional brick placement but is evidence against intentional brick placement. buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/…
    – Noah
    Jun 3, 2020 at 3:19
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    @Noah That basically answers this question, but also demonstrates a much more terrifying reality: public construction projects are woefully slow.
    – user11643
    Jun 5, 2020 at 18:10

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A June 2, 2020 Buzzfeed News article looked at this claim.

They fact-checked 17 different claims of piles of bricks being left near protests, including photos of the bricks and the results of their investigation as to the source.

Most bait bricks were from construction sites with previous permits explaining construction. Several police departments tweeted the construction permits and contacted the construction companies to either cover or remove the bricks. In one case, a synagogue had placed barriers of stone in wire cages to protect their building.

BuzzFeed News conclude:

As of now, there's no evidence to support claims of coordinated brick placements at protests.

I don't want to conclude that this disproves intentional brick placement but is evidence against intentional brick placement.

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    It would be good to edit some of the key details from the linked article into your answer, so that it is more self-contained, and will stand alone even if the link becomes inaccessible for any reason.
    – IMSoP
    Jun 18, 2020 at 13:24
  • @IMSoP much of the evidence is in the form of photos/ videos. I don't know how I could link key details besides for putting the actual link. If anyone could help me, either in a separate answer or by editing my current answer, that would be cool.
    – Noah
    Jun 18, 2020 at 15:32
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    I think a description of what kind of evidence they've presented would be a good start. When answers reference a scientific paper, they don't need to include the full data from the paper, or even the full abstract. You could start off with the bolded numbered headings, and edit in a couple of the details, e.g. "4. A video shows two law enforcement officers unloading bricks from the back of their vehicle. Buzzfeed quotes the police saying that they had retrieved the bricks from a damaged sidewalk nearby and were storing them safely. The video has since been taken down by the author."
    – IMSoP
    Jun 18, 2020 at 16:32

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