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Man Jailed for Facebook Threats Against Officers

December 29, 2014  | 

Two social media posts inciting violence against local law enforcement and threatening to "exterminate" police officers following the slayings of two New York City officers last weekend landed a Midway, Pa., man in jail, reports the Observer-Reporter.

McDonald (Pa.) PD police said Steven Drake Jr. wrote on his Facebook page Dec. 20 and again the following day lengthy posts indicating he "hated the police far before it was a (expletive) trend" and called for others to attack and kill officers.

The first post came the same day a Maryland man shot and killed New York City police officers Raphael Ramos and Wenjian Liu as they sat in their patrol car.

Drake, 29, allegedly took to Facebook hours later and wrote a rambling, profanity-laced comment telling police officers to either "join us or die." It continued, "I say kill them all! Enough is enough!"

Officers received a tip with screenshots of the postings. Drake admitted to writing the posts, court records indicate, and acknowledged they were inflammatory and might incite violence against officers. He was taken to Washington County Jail on $10,000 bond.


Comments (2)

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Big Craig @ 12/29/2014 5:58 PM

This is a slippery slope of pre-crime prevention.

LegAdv @ 12/30/2014 5:18 PM

I don't see a 'slippery slope', here. The First Amendment does not protect the advocacy of violence or the solicitation of crimes, period.

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