A Detroit man who allegedly threatened the lives of police officers in a series of Facebook posts in July, urging people to “kill them all,” is facing two felony charges, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Detroit Police Chief James Craig jointly announced today.
Nheru Gowan Littleton, 40, of Detroit was charged in 33rd District Court in Trenton with making a terroristic threat, and using a computer to commit a crime, both 20-year felonies.
“Women and men in law enforcement are under siege … at times ridiculed or, worst yet, targeted for violence or death and that’s wrong,” Schuette said during a news conference at Detroit Police headquarters. “It was a tirade of hate and violence, hate and violence against police. This type of action endangers the public’s safety.”
According to Schuette, the threats were allegedly posted on social media by Littleton between July 8 and 9, saying “F them racist a white cops!!! Kill them ALL!!! Black Lives Matter!!! Black people should start killing all white cops just like they are killing us!!! Then and only then will this s stop!! Why you ask? Because white people will be dropping like flies!!!”
Over the course of those two days, Littleton allegedly posted direct threats to law enforcement officers on social media, according to the attorney general’s office.
Littleton’s posts eventually received attention and were reported to the Dearborn Police Department by an unnamed Michigan resident, according to Schuette.
The Dearborn Police Department then issued a law enforcement information network message to all local agencies indicating that a significant threat had been made to the lives of police officers.
Littleton allegedly described himself as a “former killing machine at U.S. Marine Corps” on social media, has a valid concealed pistol license and owns a Smith and Wesson .45-caliber firearm, officials said.
“It’s a fine line between peace and violence and as Michigan’s chief of law enforcement officer, I stand with the police,” Schuette said. “… I stand with the police. I am with them. I am with you.”
The charges come months after Detroit Police announced in early July the arrest of four men who threatened to kill police in the wake of the mass shooting that killed five officers in Dallas.
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SOURCE: Detroit Free Press, Katrease Stafford