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By Arthur Weinreb     Jul 10, 2016 in Crime
On Friday, one day after five police officers were killed in Dallas, three individuals were arrested and charged after it was alleged they threatened to kill police officers and whites. These threats were all made on social media.
Friday morning a woman in Evergreen Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, was arrested at her home. Jenesis Reynolds, 24, was charged with disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.
According to police, Reynolds is alleged to have posted on her Facebook page that if she ever gets stopped by police and told to get out of her car, "I'm shooting instantly." The post went on to note that she will die but has no trouble "taking one for the team." She allegedly said she would have no problem shooting a police officer during a traffic stop "cuz they'd have no trouble doing it to me."
Reynolds was released on her own recognizance.
On Friday, police in Bossier City, Louisiana became aware of a video that was posted on social media. Sgt. Brian Griffith of the Bossier City Police Department would not reveal exactly where the video was posted.
According to police, the video was made by a 19-year-old man who was behind a patrol car in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant. In the video, the man talks about the recent police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile and said he wanted to kill the cop who was in front of him at the restaurant. Griffith said the man had a handgun that was seen in the video.
Around 4:30 p.m. Friday, Kemonte Gilmore turned himself into police. He has been charged with one count of public intimidation and was jailed on a $500,000 bond. The gun seen in the video has not been recovered.
Police in Racine, Wisconsin became aware someone in that city had posted threats to police officers on social media just hours after the Dallas shootings. Police, along with the FBI, arrested Byron Cowan, 43, without incident at his home on Friday.
It is alleged Cowan, an African-American, urged all black men to arm themselves and for all white police officers "to kiss there (sic) loved ones goodbye."
He is also alleged to have made further posts saying the same thing.
In a press release, the Racine Police Department said Cowan has been charged with one count of felony threats to injure law enforcement officers/hate crime and one count of felony terrorist threats.
Police Chief Arthel Howell, praised his officers for making the arrest without incident.
The above three arrests are just examples of threats made to police departments on social media across the United States since the shootings in Dallas on Thursday.
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