UC Student Arrested for Threats
A UC student arrested for threats
Jabari Dean, 21, was charged on Monday after allegedly threatening to execute 16 white males. The U.S. Attorney stated that Dean did not have the means to carry out the threat. Dean admitted that he took the statement down shortly after he posted it, but not before authorities found it.
The threat was reported by Yahoo News:
“This is my only warning. At 10AM Monday morning, I’m going to the campus quad of the University of Chicago. I will be armed with an M-4 carbine and two desert eagles, all fully loaded. I will execute approximately 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time McDonald was killed…I will then die killing any number of white policeman in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part and rid the world of white devils. I expect you do the same…” JRD
FBI Counter-terrorism officials alerted the University of Chicago after the threat was discovered online Sunday. Reportedly a citizen reported the threat after seeing it in a comment thread at the website www.worldstarhiphop.com.
Since the threat said that the shooting would take place on the “campus quad” at 10 a.m. on Monday, the Hyde Park Campus cancelled classes.
“Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday.” UC statement
Links to McDonald shooting
The threats were reportedly linked to the shooting of LaQuan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by former officer Jason Van Dyke. The bond for VanDyke was set at $1.5 Million.
Dean was charged with “transmitting a threat in interstate commerce.” The charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.[There was some confusion on the part of media outlets as to whether it was the University of Illinois at Chicago, (UIC), or the University of Chicago (UC). We have determined it was at the University of Chicago- the Hyde Park Campus. They are two different schools.]