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Wed Jul 13, 2016, 10:17 AM

Dallas, the Internet and Free Speech

(The Intercept) Four men in Detroit were arrested over the past week for posts on social media that the police chief called threatening. One tweet that led to an arrest said that Micah Johnson, the man who shot police officers in Dallas last week, was a hero. None of the men have been named, nor have they been charged.

I know this is a new issue, but I want these people charged with crimes, said Detroit Police Chief James Craig. Ive directed my officers to prepare warrants for these four individuals, and well see which venue is the best to pursue charges, he said.

Five police officers were killed in the Dallas shootings, constituting the highest number of police casualties in an attack since September 11. And as a result, law enforcement officials everywhere are suddenly much more sensitive to threats against their lives.


Last weekend in Connecticut, police arrested Kurt Vanzuuk after a tip for posts on Facebook that identified Johnson as a hero and called for police to be killed. He was charged with inciting injury to persons or property.

An Illinois woman, Jenesis Reynolds, was arrested for writing in a Facebook post that she would shoot an officer who would pull her over. I have no problem shooting a cop for simple traffic stop cuz theyd have no problem doing it to me, she wrote, according to the police investigation. She was charged with disorderly conduct. ...........(more)


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Wed Jul 13, 2016, 10:20 AM

1. So their response is going to be


more of the same. Theyre supposed to protect 1st amendment rights.
What thick headed rubes

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Wed Jul 13, 2016, 11:56 AM

2. If all they did was call him a hero, I cannot see a crime...except

in the book 1984? Thought crime? An unfinished sentence?

Hate speech is everywhere, if we arrested everyone who espouses it...well private prisons will be all for it, I recon!

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