Feds: U Of Chicago Threat Was Response To Video Of Police Killing Black Teen

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CHICAGO (AP) —Federal authorities say an online threat against the University of Chicago appears to have been motivated by the 2014 Chicago police shooting of a black teenager of which a video was released last week.

A criminal complaint released by the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago said Monday that 21-year-old Jabari R. Dean of Chicago, threatened online to kill 16 white male students or staff at the University of Chicago.

A video released last week of Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times prompted several days of protests in the city.

Authorities said Dean posted that he “execute approximately … 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time (sic) McDonald was killed.”

UIC said in a separate statement Monday that it was one of its students living off-campus who was arrested.

Dean is due to make an initial appearance in federal court at 3 p.m. Monday.

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