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


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.