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Man Arrested After Threatening to 'Kill Cops and Innocent White Kids.' But a Friend Downplays It All as 'Speaking His Mind.


"He was expressing how he felt..."

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After a suburban Chicago man made threats on Facebook that he would "kill cops and innocent white kids," police searched a home he sometimes stays at and arrested him on weapons and other charges, WLS-TV reported.

(Image source:) Aries Woodfin (Image source: WMAQ-TV)

While Aries Woodfin, 33, wasn't charged with making threats, a friend who owns the Ford Heights, Illinois, house where Woodfin was arrested downplayed his Facebook threat.

She said it was a reaction over the grand jury decisions in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City where white police officers weren't indicted for their roles in the deaths of unarmed black men.

"He was speaking his mind," Beatrice Franklin told WLS. "He was expressing how he felt, which is what everyone else was doing on Facebook as well, expressing themselves. They were ranting and they were raving."

Woodfin allegedly posted photos of white children on his Facebook account along with the threats, WMAQ-TV reported. When he was arrested Friday, Woodfin allegedly told officers he was a “warrior” and the “streets would run red with blood,” a source told WMAQ.

Franklin disputes the gun charges against her friend, saying the gun police found belonged to her: "I am a licensed FOID card holder and I have paperwork stating that it's mine," she told the station. "So no, it's not his."

A judge called Woodfin a dangerous man in court Saturday; he was denied bond and will remain in Cook County Jail after being charged with weapons possession, assault, having a firearm without a valid permit and disorderly conduct, WLS reported.

Woodfin has a previous weapons charge, aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and illegal gun possession dating back to 2000, the station added; he got probation for those offenses, WLS said.

(H/T: Weasel Zippers)

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