Tensions ran high after a Ferguson grand jury refused to indict police officer Darren Wilson for gunning down unarmed teen Michael Brown. After the decision was announced, unrest in Ferguson ended with thousands of dollars in property damage and Wilson going into hiding.
It wasn’t just people in Ferguson who were irate, however, since the decision sparked national protests. One Washington man allegedly decided to take matters into his own hands and threαtened Wilson, leading to his arrest.
Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, pleaded guilty to threαtening Wilson across state lines on Monday. Although Abdul-Jabbaar had remained in custody since his December arrest, he will now be released until his next court date.
“We need to kιll this white motha f***a and anything that has a badge on,” he wrote in Facebook after Wilson’s acquittal, which also included an ISIS flag.
He went on to say that “the oppressed” need to “kιll this white cop.”
Although Abdul-Jabbaar allegedly attempted to purchase a gun to carry out his threαt, he is one in a long line of people to be arrested for making social media threαts against police.
As BuzzFeed reported, a post 9/11 law led to the arrest of a Brooklyn teen for threatening police with emojis.
“…on the evening of Jan. 15, according to a criminal complaint, Aristy posted a photo of a revolver with bullets beside it, and wrote he felt “like katxhin a body right now.” A few minutes later, he posted “nigga run up on me, he gunna get blown down .” An hour later, he posted, “f*ck the 83 104 79 98 73 PCTKKKK ,” Nicolas Medina Mora reported. All three of these comments included emojis, leading to the arrest of Osiris Aristy.
Sentencing for Abdul-Jabbaar is set for June 12. He faces up to five years in prison.