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Wash. man pleads guilty to threatening Ferguson officer

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By Adam McDonald By Adam McDonald

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 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.


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