The 48-year-old man, Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, was charged with three counts of making interstate threats after allegedly posting threats against Wilson and his family to Facebook. Each count is punishable by up to five years behind bars, which means Abdul-Jabbaar’s threats could land him more time in jail than Wilson has ever served for the killing of Michael Brown Jr.
According to the Huffington Post:
It is unclear how exactly authorities focused in on Abdul-Jabbaar, but the key FBI agent on the case is currently assigned to an international terrorism squad, part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force out of the FBI’s Seattle Field Division. In addition to regular posts about the Ferguson shooting, Abdul-Jabbaar’s Facebook page includes many posts about the Islamic State (also known as ISIL or ISIS), and his cover photo is the Islamic State’s black flag.
The complaint against Abdul-Jabbaar runs through a number of threats that he seems to have made on his Facebook page. The complaint also states that “additional Facebook records” — most likely private messages — revealed that Abdul-Jabbaar was attempting to obtain a weapon even though he had a felony record. Abdul-Jabbaar had a prior drug charge in Philadelphia in 1992, as well as a federal charge from 2009 of unlawful possession of a firearm that stemmed from a “shoot-out arising out of a domestic violence incident involving his friend’s sister,” according the complaint.
Shortly after a grand jury failed to bring charges against Wilson for killing the unarmed teenager, Abdul-Jabbaar allegedly posted this to Facebook:
Two weeks prior, Abdul-Jabbaar allegedly asked if there were any “real black men” that would “give back those bullets” Wilson shot into the 18-year-old.
Acting U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes commented on Abdul-Jabbaar’s arrest, stressing that freedom of speech is paramount, but violent threats would not be tolerated.
“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.”
Abdul-Jabbaar was scheduled to appear in a U.S. District Court in Seattle Tuesday afternoon. We’ll keep you updated with the latest in his case.
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