The FBI has arrested a Kirkland, Washington, man for making threats to kill former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. According to a criminal complaint filed in federal court in Seattle, Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, made numerous threats against Wilson and his family on his Facebook page.
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Abdul-Jabbaar’s Facebook page described in court papers contains numerous posts calling for Wilson to be killed. A news report reposted his page with the headline, “ANONYMOUS Posts Information on Officer Darren Wilson’s Location and His Friend,” Abdul-Jabbaar allegedly comments, “We the oppressed people need to kill this white cop.”
In a September 15 Facebook post which included a photo of Darren Wilson and the headline, “Wanted for Murder of Mike Brown,” Abdul-Jabbaar allegedly writes, “This dude needs his house sprayed.”
Another post on November 11 from Abdul-Jabbaar states, “Are there any REAL BLACK MEN that would love to go down to Ferguson Missouri to give 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.”
Abdul-Jabbaar’s rage-filled posts reach a boiling point after the grand jury investigating the August 9 shooting death of Michael Brown at the hands of then-Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson declined to indict Wilson. On November 24, Abdul-Jabbaar posted a news article with the headline, “Ferguson Grand Jury Verdict has Just Been Reached.” His comments, “Ready to go and kill some cops,” and “We need to kill this white motha f---- and anything that has a badge on.”
Though not mentioned in the complaint, Abdul-Jabbaar’s Facebook page includes several sympathetic references to ISIS and uses an image of the ISIS flag as the cover photo.
Acting United States Attorney Annette L. Hayes said in a statement, “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. Such threats are crimes, and the individuals who make them must be held to account.”
Abdul-Jabbaar is charged with three counts of making interstate threats and faces up to five years in prison.
Abdul-Jabbaar’s attorney Kyana Givens, a federal public defender, declined to comment on the case.