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Wash. Man Arrested For Threats Against Ferguson Officer

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Protesters stand across the street from the Ferguson Police Department, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo.

Federal officials have arrested a Washington state man for allegedly posting Internet threats to kill the police officer who shot and killed a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar of Kirkland was arrested early Tuesday. They say he began posting threats to kill the officer and members of his family on a Facebook page soon after the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.

The criminal complaint only refers to former officer Darren Wilson as D.W. He has since resigned from the police department. According to the court filing, one posting contained the message:

"Are there any REAL BLACK MEN that would love to go down to Ferguson Missouri to give back those bullets that Police Officer D.W. fired into the body of Mike Brown. If we're unable to locate Officer D.W. then we'll return them to his wife and if not her then his children."

The complaint said Abdul-Jabbaar posted inflammatory messages for months that called on others to join him on a trip to Ferguson to "give back the bullets" that the officer fired at Brown.

The complaint also said, on Nov. 28, 2014:

"Abdul-Jabbaar reposted a photograph of a bloody, beheaded white individual. Immediately above the photograph, Abdul-Jabbaar posted the message, 'This could be white police Oppressors here in this country getting there (sic) heads removed.'"

Abdul-Jabbaar is scheduled to appear in federal court Tuesday afternoon.

 

Paula reports on groundbreaking legal decisions in Washington State and on trends in crime and law enforcement. She’s been at KNKX since 1989 and has covered the Law and Justice beat for the past 15 years. Paula grew up in Idaho and, prior to KNKX, worked in public radio and television in Boise, San Francisco and upstate New York.
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