Racine police say a 43-year-old male resident was arrested Friday night after making credible threats against officers and their families on social media.
After receiving tips from citizens and police departments across the country that threats were being made on social media against RAPD officers and their families, investigators quickly determined the suspect was a city resident. He was taken into custody by Racine police with assistance from the FBI.
The man was booked into the Racine County Jail on pending felony charges of threats to injure law enforcement/hate crime and terroristic threats. Racine County Eye is not naming the man until he is formally charged.
Posted threats included urging black male citizens to shoot white officers and warning officers that not only would they be killed but that their families could be as well.
“Be first to shoot first. I encourage every Black man in America to strap up. It is clear. I encourage every white officer to kiss there love ones goodbye. Every time you leave the house. Tell them you love them; because you may not make it home. Also if you do make it home. You may find there dead bodies sprawled all over the house. This is war were tired. I don’t care who I offend I don’t have any more words but bullets. It’s time to start going into there homes and killing there families. Not (expletive) playing or smiling.”
After Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot by white officers earlier this week in Louisiana and Minnesota, and five Dallas police officers were killed Thursday, Racine police Chief Art Howell in a written release said his department was taking the threats very seriously.
“While threatened with the use deadly force against the law enforcement community at-large (within hours of the assassination of 5 officers in Dallas TX), local officers and investigators demonstrated a high degree of professionalism and great restraint in peacefully taking the subject of these threats into custody without incident. I would like to personally thank each and every one who supported our department in providing the critical and timely information that enabled our members to bring this matter to a peaceful resolution.”