Facebook threats lead to arrest- can this happen to you?
A woman in East Point, Georgia was arrested for making ‘terroristic threats’ on Facebook.
FBI, Homeland Security, the District Attorney’s office and the New York Police Department assisted East Point police in arresting Ebony Monique Dickens, 33, for threatening to kill police officers under the name Tiffany Milan. She has been charged with ‘disseminating information related to terrorist attacks.’
“all black ppl should rise up and shoot at every white cop in the nation starting now…I thought about shooting every white cop I see in the head until I’m caught by the police or killed by them. Ha!!!! I think I can pull it off. Might kill a least 15 tomorrow. I’m plotting now…”
She also posted that she condones black on white killings. Though she removed the post just hours before police arrested her, it was too late. Police responded to her home, and confiscated her computer, cell phone, and a firearm.
The post was shared to WSBTV’s Facebook page. They took it down immediately and notified police and FBI Atlanta.
Dickens admitted writing the post when arrested. She made her first appearance in Fulton County court on Wednesday. The judge ordered all of her social media accounts be shut down, and placed bail at $10,000.
The FBI is conducting a separate investigation, as are the East Point Police. More charges may be leveled against her.
Anyone who thinks that Facebook threats are totally private is making a huge error in judgment. Law Enforcement has access to Facebook – from personal chats to “secret groups.” Plus, you do not know who might be sharing your rants – in her case, it was shared to a news media station and they are the ones that notified police.
Video from WSBTV: