A Georgia man is under arrest after writing a Facebook post urging people to hurt police officers.
Derrick “De De” Hudson, 19, wrote “Just kill all white cracker cops” in response to a post by a Macon news network, according to The Detroit News.
Hudson was reacting to a post showing Alton Sterling’s son break down in tears during a press conference about his father’s death.
He’s charged with soliciting people to commit murder.
As BreakingBrown previously reported, President Obama signed the “Blue Alert” law to help catch people who threaten cops.
Detroit police arrested four people this month for allegedly making threats against police on Facebook.
“Social media is new territory, and while it’s been established that hate speech is protected by the First Amendment, we’re talking about people specifically saying on Facebook they want to kill white police officers,” said Detroit Police Chief James Craig.
“If someone threatens to kill the president, that person would be arrested and prosecuted. How is it any different when someone threatens to kill white cops?”
The problem is that criticizing cops can often be conflated with threatening cops, as BreakingBrown reported:
In 2012, Thomas G. Smith was arrested by the Arena Police Department in Wisconsin for calling police officers racist on Facebook. Smith had accused the police of being racist after the department thanked the community for helping to apprehend two black kids.
After making the comment, Smith received a call from police asking if he had indeed made the critical post. Once he admitted making the comment, police came to Smith’s home and arrested him.
Prosecutors alleged that Smith’s speech could incite violence and was not protected by the Constitution. Although an appeals court eventually cleared Smith, he filed a lawsuit claiming police continued to harass him even after the ruling.
Given that the U.S. is barreling full speed ahead toward a police state, it is probably wise not to vent any frustrations or express antagonisms on social media since online platforms have become computer to prison pipelines.