The president of Cincinnati's police union confirmed he received threats after posting a message on Facebook to Black Lives Matter, WXIX-TV reported.
Sgt. Dan Hils took the group to task in his Saturday post, pointing out that none of the city's 32 black homicide victims this year came at the hands of law enforcement: "I wanted to let you know first how many of those black lives lost were in police interventions. Ok, get ready for it……………hold on and take a deep breath……………are you sure that you are ready?.................Ok, that’s right it is zero (0), not a one, zilch."
Hils posted his message just hours before a demonstration over a prosecutor's decision to not seek a third trial in the case of a white University of Cincinnati police officer in the fatal shooting of a black motorist during a 2015 traffic stop, the station said.
The "threatening and intimidating" Facebook comments against Hils came between 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30 a.m. Sunday, WXIX reported, citing a copy of the incident report.
"It is very concerning when people feel the need to threaten someone when they post an opinion and statement on social media," Hils told the station.
The case is classified as telecommunications harassment, WXIX said.
"I stand by my statement," Hils told the station. "The threat felt very real. We are merely trying to protect those so they can protest and express their opinions this is a great concern." According to the report, there is a suspect who's a stranger to Hils.
The following is Hils' full Facebook post. As of Tuesday afternoon, it's received 581 shares and 1,300 likes:
Dear Black Lives Matter Protestors,
I wish to help your objective at the rally today protesting black lives lost. I have the list of the homicide victims in the city of Cincinnati in 2017. As of July 17th, there have been 39 homicides. Of those homicides, 32 of the 39 homicide victims were black.
Thirty-two black lives taken before their time. Thirty-two black lives taken violently. Due to your group name, I have omitted mention of the seven white murder victims. But, back to my point I wanted to let you know first how many of those black lives lost were in police interventions. Ok, get ready for it……………hold on and take a deep breath……………are you sure that you are ready?.................Ok, that’s right it is zero (0), not a one, zilch.
I know the names you will have on your signs, but may I suggest these names as well; Deandre Berry (killed 1/1/17), Deante Mattocks (killed 1/8/17), Terrence Woods (killed 1/12/17), Troy Smith (killed 1/13/17), Alexandrea Thompson (9 years old, killed 1/18/17), Corrye Barwick Jr. (killed 1/28/17), Twanda Alexander (killed 2/7/17), Donald Campbell (killed 2/14/17), Casey Roby (killed 2/16/17), Trevor Tiemann (killed 2/19/17), Michael Chichester (killed 3/13/17), Tyrone Frazier(killed 3/18/17), OBryan Spikes (killed 3/26/17), Tyler Lee (killed 4/2/17), Deondre Davis (killed 4/4/17), Jamar Hayes (killed 4/17/17), Kendall Perkins (killed 4/18/17), DeShawn Jenkins (killed 4/18/17), Omar Mohommad (killed 4/25/17), Judson Roper Jr. (killed 4/27/17), Jahmaria Cruz (killed 5/14/17), Anthony Gray (killed 5/16/17), Shawnice Johnson (killed 5/18/17), William Bell (killed 522/17), Troy Donald (killed 5/31/17), Boris Tolliver (killed 6/1/17), Jeremy Rohe (killed 6/14/17), Keonte Walker (killed 6/20/17), Jonathan Taylor (killed 7/1/17), William Thomas (killed 7/4/17), Dontae Whaley (killed 7/5/17), and Rafeal Harrison (killed 7/17/17).
Cincinnati’s police officers responded to each of these homicide scenes exposing themselves to unknown physical risk. Our detectives have spent countless hours trying to find who is responsible for the homicides above along with the seven white victims that I did not list. Your CPD knows that all lives matter. How about a sign in support of police officers battling this violence?
Try to stay hydrated it is going to very warm.
Daniel J. Hils
FOP #69, President
(H/T: The American Mirror)