- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A Washington state man pleaded guilty Monday 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.

Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, 46, of suburban Kirkland, entered his plea before a federal magistrate judge, The Seattle Times reported (https://is.gd/hqP8SB). Two other counts are set to be dismissed at sentencing June 12.

The man tried to buy a gun on Facebook, telling the seller he was “going to Ferguson,” apparently to seek revenge on Darren Wilson, the federal complaint said. Then-Officer Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 in a shooting that touched off protests around the country.

Wilson later resigned from the Ferguson Police Department.

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.”

On Aug. 30, Abdul-Jabbaar posted, “we really need to start killing the police … OOooopppss I mean our oppressors,” the complaint said.

Abdul-Jabbaar is reported to have connected with a friend on Facebook looking to buy a .40-caliber or 9 mm handgun in late October, the complaint said.

The man has prior drug- and firearms-related convictions, The Times reported.

Making interstate threats carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


Information from: The Seattle Times, https://www.seattletimes.com

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