Washington man pleads guilty to threatening to kill cop involved in Ferguson, Mo., shooting
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state man has pleaded guilty to a single felony count of making an interstate threat against the life of a former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer after an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed.
The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/hqP8SB) that 46-year-old Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar of Kirkland entered his plea Monday before a federal magistrate. Sentencing is scheduled June 12.
The federal complaint says the man tried to buy a gun on Facebook, telling the seller he was “going to Ferguson,” apparently to seek revenge on Darren Wilson. Then-Officer Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown last Aug. 9 in a shooting that touched off protests around the country.
Federal prosecutors accused Abdul-Jabbaar of making multiple threats over the Brown shooting, including a post that said, “We the oppressed people need to kill this white cop.”
Making interstate threats carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.