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Washington Man Who Threatened Darren Wilson and Other Police Officers on Facebook Arrested

| by Lisa Fogarty

A Washington state man who reportedly threatened to kill former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson – and other Caucasian police officers – has been arrested.

Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, has reportedly been using Facebook to post threats against Wilson and other police officers since the August incident when Wilson fatally shot teen Michael Brown, reports The Blaze. According to a criminal complaint filed in a U.S. district court Monday, Abdul-Jabbaar “knowingly and willfully transmitted in interstate and foreign commerce” threats against Wilson’s life.

Police say the suspect’s social media threats were plain as day. In one Facebook post, Abdul Jabbaar reportedly wrote, “Are there any REAL BLACK MEN that would love to go down to Ferguson Missouri to give back 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.”

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In another post, the suspect allegedly wrote, “We need to kill this white motha f**ker and anything that has a badge on.”

And in a third message, he reportedly posted that he was “ready to go and kill some cops.”

Abdul-Jabbaar was arrested at his home in Kirkland on Tuesday morning and faces three counts of making interstate threats – each of which is punishable by up to five years in prison, reports NBC News.

“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,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes in a statement. “Such threats are crimes, and the individuals who make them must be held to account.”

Sources: The Blaze, NBC News/Photo Credit: Facebook via KTVI-TV, Fibonacci Blue/Flickr