A Colorado man was arrested and is facing federal charges for posting threatening comments towards police on a Youtube video. Jeremiah Perez, 33, who was reportedly a member of the military, posted the comments under the username “Vets Hunting Cops.”
The FBI was made aware of Perez’s comments after Google discovered them and reported a threat to the Bureau’s San Francisco office. Officials traced the IP address associated with the Youtube user’s account to Perez.
“SINCE DARREN WILSON our group has killed 6 retired sheriffs and cops......because of this event we will hunt two more in colorado this week.....for every innocent citizen that cops kill WE, VETERANS WILL KILL RETIRED HELPLESS COPS,” Perez’s comment read. “COPS ARE THE REAL ENEMIES OF FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS and TIME TO STRIKE BACK IN ALL OUT WAR IS NOW."
The FBI began monitoring Perez on December 17th, and a day later had obtained a search warrant. On December 22nd, authorities contacted him again. According to 9News, it was then that the FBI “ determined Perez knew law enforcement officers would read his posts, and Perez wanted them to be afraid after reading them.”
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In an interview with the FBI, Perez admitted that he posted the Youtube comments but said he did it to “engage Youtube viewers in conversation.” During their investigation, authorities also discovered that Perez’s search history included such phrases as “Kill Barack Obama,” “Kill Darren Wilson” and “Locate Bill O’Reilly’s house.” Perez reportedly claimed that he while he did make the searches, he did not plan to follow through on them.
“The perceived anonymity of the Internet will not serve as a shield for espousing violence in violation of federal law,” Denver Special Agent Thomas Ravenelle said.
Jeremiah Perez has been charged with transmitting a threat in interstate and foreign commerce, and faces up to five years in federal prison. He will also face a $250,000 fine. A preliminary hearing will be held on December 29th.
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