A student suspected of posting an online threat against the University of Chicago had wanted to kill approximately 16 students or staff and “any number of white policemen that I can in the process” in the wake of the release of the video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times.
The criminal complaint revealed that Jabari R. Dean had threatened to kill 16 white male students or staff at the school on Chicago’s South Side. Dean was subsequently arrested on Monday. He is a freshman studying electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dean was charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. As reported by Huffington Post, Dean’s threat came just days after the video showing the shooting of 17-year-old McDonald at the hands of Officer Jason Van Dyke was released. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times.
Following the threat, classes scheduled for Monday were cancelled.
Dean threatened that he would arrive at the campus quad at 10 a.m. on November 30, and that he will have an “M-4 Carbine” and “2 Desert Eagles” with him. “I will execute aproximately [sic] 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time [sic] Mcdonald [sic] was killed,” the threat said, according to the court documents. “I then will die killing any number of white policemen that I can in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part to rid the world of the white devils. I expect you to do the same….”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation was tipped off when a source reported that the threat was posted on an unspecified social media website, ABC News reports. “The caller explained that the threatening comment had been posted in response to a video clip,” according to the criminal complaint states.
The release of the video showing McDonald’s shooting was followed by protests and demonstrations that lasted several days. In the video, McDonald can be seeing moving away from the police officers who had confronted him. McDonald was shot by Van Dyke, who was subsequently charged with first degree murder. A bond of $1.5 million was set.
Dan Herbert, Van Dyke’s attorney, contested the content of the video, saying the footage does not narrate the entire story. Herbert added that Van Dyke feared for his life and that he acted lawfully, saying his client is “very scared about the consequences he is facing.”