In recent years, a number of cases involving claims of police brutality and officer-involved shootings have sparked a passionate nationwide movement.
While have some have suggested that such movements create a hostile environment for members of law enforcement, one Georgia woman’s recent Facebook post seemed to leave no doubt about her violent intentions, including a call for “death to all white cops nationwide.”
As WSBTV reports, despite the particularly aggressive nature of the post, the police and district attorney have said they were willing to drop their charges against the women — but only on one condition:
Authorities say Ebony Dickens created this post under the name Tiffany Milan calling for “death to all white cops” pic.twitter.com/kZ7RjP6Uzx
— The American Joe (@TheAmericanJoe) May 3, 2015
The Facebook post, which Georgia woman Ebony Dickens made under the name “Tiffany Milan” reads:
“All black people should rise up and shoot at every white cop in the nation starting NOW.
I condone black on white killings. hell they condone crimes against us.
I’ve thought about shooting every white cop I see in the head until I’m either caught by the police or killed by them. Ha!!!! I think I can pull it off. Might kill at least fifteen tomorrow. I’m plotting now. They reading this sh*t too right now. Freedom of speech tho. So when you can absolutely show me in the 1st amendment where it explicitly says you can’t say “kill all cops”, them I’ll delete my status. Other than that… NOPE!
Death to all white cops nationwide.”
After the post was brought to their attention, police soon located Dickens and — after discovering a gun in her condo — deemed the threat to be credible. She was charged with making a terroristic threat and inciting a riot.
As part of the bargain — which was reportedly first suggested by Police Union President Ken Allen — to have her charges dropped, Dickens agreed to hold a news conference with law enforcement officials, where she issued a public apology for her actions.
Ebony Dickens apologizes for FB post threatening to kill police officers. DA hopes to make learning experience pic.twitter.com/QAHCWuCYkD
— Steve Gehlbach (@SteveGWSB) May 6, 2016
During that press conference on Friday, Dickens — a mother and small business owner who holds a Master’s degree in legal services — said:
“In no way did I mean for anybody to hurt a officer or for riots to be started or for anything like that to be taken seriously…
My apology is sincere because I know for a fact I don’t want anybody’s lives be taken or harmed.”
She went on to claim that the post was was meant only for her friends and was designed as “a starter for a long conversation… so we can all discuss what’s being done for our community and our law enforcement.”
In return, the district attorney has said he plans to make good on his promise to drop the charges against Dickens, who — for her part — has said she’s “done with social media.”
Via IJ Review