A North Carolina teen was arrested after attempting to incite a riot by posting an invitation to social media.
According to reports, 17-year-old Tony LaShon Cleveland Jr. of Greensboro was arrested on Tuesday evening after local police received a number of calls about alarming posts hinting at rioting that was being planned at a local mall. Concerned locals continued to contact police until the Facebook page was shut down, not long before Cleveland was arrested.
A flier reportedly created by Cleveland includes a picture of the local mall in the top left, a picture of rioters on the right, and information on the riot planned for Saturday.
“We are grateful to every person who let us know about this growing threat,” Police Chief Wayne Scott said, according to My Fox 8. “The speed and volume of the calls, posts, and emails that came in send a strong message that the people of this city will not tolerate violence. We hope their voices — and this arrest — discourage everyone from committing these types of crimes.”
In North Carolina, inciting a riot is a class 1 misdemeanor. Cleveland was reportedly arrested without incident, and police say they are taking measures to ensure that no riot occurs on Saturday.
“[Greensboro police] are prepared to quickly respond to an incident, should one occur,” Scott noted.
Photo Source: My Fox 8