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.