Man Arrested For Craigslist Post Encouraging Murdering Police

| by Maura Turcotte

After reportedly threatening the police, a Kentucky man now faces serious consequences.

Police recently arrested Marvin Gee after he posted a Craigslist listing that called for the killing of officers in the community of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, reports NEWS3.

According to the Kentucky State Police, the 44-year-old Gee published a listing on the classified advertisement website “soliciting and encouraging people in the community to start killing police officers.” The post immediately sparked authorities to take action, according to The Gleaner.

The Hopkinsville resident was held in Christian County Jail on a $500,000 bail, reports The Lexington Herald-Leader.

According to the Kentucky news site, the crime of murdering a police officer is a capital offense.

Gee’s arrest occurred just before a police officer was shot and killed not that far away in Memphis, Tennessee, reports USA Today.

After Officer Sean Bolton interrupted a drug deal, “some type of physical altercation” ensued, after which a passenger in the stopped car shot Bolton, USA Today reports.

Police in Memphis identified the shooter as 29-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn. Convicted previously for bank robbery, Wilbourn had been free on supervised release for his 122-month sentence.

Wilbourn now faces a charge of first-degree murder.

The incident left police director Toney Armstrong incredibly upset. Holding up a picture of Wilbourn, Armstrong stated, "I think it's safe to say that when you look at this individual, you're looking at a coward. He's a coward. You gun down, you murder a police officer for less than 2 grams of marijuana. You've literally destroyed a family.” 

A $10,000 reward has been offered by the U.S. Marshal’s Service for information that could help in Wilbourn’s arrest.

Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton also commented on the police officer’s death, noting the dangers police face daily in their job.

"Once again, we won't make any political statements here, but this again is evidence that there are so many guns on our streets in the wrong hands," the mayor explained, reports USA Today. "Men and women in blue have rules of engagement they have to follow, but ... they are dealing with people who have no rules of engagement."

Sources: NEWS3, The Lexington Herald-Leader, The Gleaner, USA Today / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons