“The group caused extensive damage to several windows along the front of the building,” the GSP said in a statement. A public safety vehicle that was parked outside the headquarters was damaged, and the building itself was “spray-painted heavily in several places,” the statement said.
A small fire broke out in a DPS office after a firework was thrown through an open window, authorities said. DPS personnel were able to put the fire out, but two public safety employees were treated for smoke inhalation after the incident, officials said.
Investigators determined Carlisle was one of the people who caused damage to the building and public safety vehicle, the GBI said in a statement.
“Carlisle was among a group of individuals that threw stones and incendiary devices through windows and spray-painted graffiti during the incident,” officials said.
It is not clear how Carlisle was identified as a suspect. He is being held in the Gwinnett County Jail on charges unrelated to the GSP incident.
In the days following the protest, several activists denounced the destruction, saying the vandals who broke windows and set fire to the building detracted from the message of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Events like that make Black Lives Matter look bad, and that’s not what we’re doing,” videographer Kelvin Carey told Channel 2 Action News.
Protest organizer Quinton Davis told the news station that those who vandalized the building showed up suddenly and immediately got aggressive toward police.
“I think it sends a bad message to the people in the community to think that they are with us or with Black Lives Matter or any other organization that’s positive,” he said.
The GBI is still working to identify other people involved in the incident. Anyone with information is asked to call 770-388-5019.