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Apple provided Seattle investigators with iCloud data belonging to rioter accused of setting police car on fire
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Apple agreed to hand over iCloud data belonging to a Seattle arson suspect believed to have used Molotov cocktails to set fire to a pair of police vehicles at the end of May – a change in tide from the tech behemoth’s unwillingness to do so in previous federal investigations, court papers show.
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The Western District of Washington’s case against Kelly Jackson, an Edmonds man, was bolstered using data that Apple provided to investigators pursuant to a search warrant, which ultimately led to the 20-year-old’s arrest on Sept. 9, according to the criminal complaint that outlines the charges.
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Jackson allegedly threw Molotov cocktails at two Seattle Police Department SUV’s during civil unrest on May 30. One of the two vehicles went up in flames and was “completely destroyed by the fire,” while the second was struck by the device, which then bounced off and landed on the sidewalk, the complaint states.
He was charged with two counts each of arson and unlawful possession of a destructive device, officials said.