A Washington state man was arrested this week for posting multiple messages on Facebook threatening to kill former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson and other members of law enforcement.
Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, started posting the threatening messages after Wilson fatally shot Michael Brown in August, according to a criminal complaint filed in a U.S. district court Monday.
In the complaint, authorities charged that Abdul-Jabbaar "knowingly and willfully transmitted in interstate and foreign commerce" threats against Wilson's life.
"Are there any REAL BLACK MEN that would love to go down to Ferguson Missouri to give back those bullets that Police Officer Darren Wilson Fired into the body of Mike Brown. If we're unable to locate Officer Wilson then We'll return them to his wife and if not her then his children," the 46-year-old wrote in one Facebook post, according to investigators.
"We need to kill this white motha f**ker and anything that has a badge on," he allegedly wrote in another.
In yet another message, the man allegedly professed that he was "ready to go and kill some cops."
U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes said in a statement that freedom of speech does not cover threats to harm members of law enforcement.
“Although we each have the right to express our views about the decision reached by the state grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, we cannot tolerate violence or threats of violence that are intended to intimidate, and ultimately silence debate,” Hayes said. “Such threats are crimes, and the individuals who make them must be held to account.”
According to Abdul-Jabbaar's apparent Facebook page, he works as an associate at Nintendo. The 46-year-old's profile also appeared to have the Islamic State's flag serve as the header image on his page.
Wilson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department Saturday, days after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the shooting death of Brown.
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