A student at the University of Illinois at Chicago has been arrested and accused of threatening to kill white people at the University of Chicago in honor of Laquan McDonald. Jabari R. Dean, 21, is alleged to have written in the comments section of a World Star HipHop post that he would shoot 16 white male students and staff — one for each police bullet that killed 17-year-old McDonald in October 2014. On November 24, 2015, Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in that case.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Dean Allegedly Wrote That He Would Die in a Shootout With Cops After Killing 16 ‘White Devils’ on the Campus Quad With 3 ‘Fully Loaded’ Weapons
Cops say that Dean made his threats November 28 on World Star HipHop, where he wrote in the comments section for a video, according to the federal criminal complaint:
This is my only warning. At 10 a.m. on Monday mourning (sic) I am going to the campus quad of the University of Chicago. I will be armed with a M-4 Carbine and two 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 was killed.
I then will die killing any number of white policemen in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part and rid the world of the white devils. I expect you to do the same….
Here’s the same passage in a screenshot from the complaint:
Read the full complaint below, via DNAinfo Chicago:
According the complaint, a tipster called an FBI hotline on November 29 to report Dean’s online threat. The investigating agent was unable to find the threat on the website but obtained a screenshot from the tipster. Agents tracked Dean’s profile through a service provider, eventually determining his identity and address. When they arrived to confront him, Dean agreed to talk to the agents, admitted posting the threat and said he had quickly deleted it, according to the complaint.
Prosecutors have determined that Dean had no means with which to carry out his threat and will be released on bond, tweeted Tribune reporter Jason Meisner. Dean will be held until December 1 when bail conditions can be sorted out.
A press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Northern District of Illinois office stated that FBI agents arrested Dean “without incident” before the 10 a.m. deadline mentioned in the threat.
2. His Comment Came Under a Clip for a 1995 Movie About a Conspiracy Theory Involving the FBI/CIA Supplying Drugs to Black Communities
The threat came in the comments section for a clip from the 1995 movie Panther. The movie is about the Black Panthers and the group’s leaders, especially Huey P. Newton. Part of the plot deals with the conspiracy theory that the mafia worked with the FBI and the CIA in helping to distribute heroin and cocaine into black communities.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the specific clip on which Dean allegedly commented showed a group of Black Panthers arming themselves, preparing for an attack on a group of racist cops.
3. His Threat Locked Down the University of Chicago on November 30
WGN reports that all classes and activities for November 30 were canceled by the University of Chicago’s Chancellor Michael Amiridis. He said that school officials and campus police are working with Chicago cops and the FBI to investigate the incident and keep students and staff safe.
ABC Chicago reports that the lockdown specifically targeted the school’s Hyde Park campus. One parent who has kids enrolled at nearby schools to the university told the station, “I am so glad, especially them being a week off of school for Thanksgiving, you never know what’s going on in the building or outside the building. Smart idea.”
4. He Is an Electrical Engineering Student at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Dean studies electrical engineering at the University of Illinois at Chicago, according to his LinkedIn page. He is a freshman. Prior to studying at UIC, he was a student at Chicago State University, where he studied pre-engineering. He’s a graduate of Hirsch Metropolitan High School in Chicago.
According to a press release from the Justice Department, Dean is being charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce. If found guilty, he could face up to five years in federal prison.
5. The Threat Came 2 Days Before Officer Van Dyke Posted $150,000 Bond & Got Out of Jail
In issuing the bail amount, Judge Donald Panarese Jr. said, “I’m not here to determine guilt or innocence. The law gives a presumption of innocence,” reports the Chicago Tribune.