A 21-year-old student has been taken into federal custody after allegedly threatening to murder white students and staff at the University of Chicago, as well as white first responders in retaliation for the death of a man shot by police.
On Monday, Jabari R. Dean, an engineering student at the University of Illinois in Chicago according to his LinkedIn page, was federally charged with making a credible threat to injure another person.
Dean admitted to making comments asserting his desire to “execute approximately 16 white male students and or staff” and “any number of white policemen that I can in the process” on the worldstarhiphop.com website Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
His comment read:
This is my only warning. At 10a.m. On Monday mourning (sic) I am goin gto the campus quad of the University of Chicago. I will be armed with a M-4 Carbine and 2 Desert Eagles all fully loaded. I will execute aproximately (sic) 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time (sic) Mcdonald (sic) was killed.
I then will die killing any number of white policemen that I can in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part to rid the world of the white devils. I expect you to do the same….
Dean admitted he deleted the comment after he was shown a screenshot of the threat, an FBI agent wrote in a criminal complaint.
University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer took the threats seriously and canceled all classes and activities Monday, warn campus staff, faculty and students “to remain indoors as much as possible” citing an unexplained threat.
Monday classes and activities at UChicago Hyde Park Campus canceled due to threat. More info: https://t.co/RRT3q7oOEp
— UChicago (@UChicago) November 30, 2015
“Based on the FBI’s assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday,” Zimmer said in an email.
Classes are scheduled to resume Tuesday.
Dean is charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, according to a press release from the US Justice Department.
Below is the criminal complaint filed by an FBI agent against Dean: