Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
A 30-year-old man in Florida was arrested after he posted on Facebook threatening to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters, local law-enforcement officials said.
The police said that when they investigated the post, they also found a photo of a Cards Against Humanity play about killing "African children."
The man was charged with making a written threat to kill or do bodily injury.
The sheriff's office in Hillsborough County, Florida, said on Sunday that deputies arrested a man who made a Facebook post threatening to shoot Black Lives Matter protesters.
"U can yell black power but when I yell white power I am raciest," Alex Bancroft, 30, wrote on July 24, Fox 13 News reported. He added that he was "going to start target practice on these mother f---ers with there signs."
When users commented on the post that he wouldn't carry out the attack in real life, Bancroft replied, "keep ur eyes on Fla news," the sheriff's office said. He was charged with a count of making a written threat to kill or do bodily injury.
"The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office takes all threats to injure or kill others very seriously, and this includes threats made online on various social media platforms," Sheriff Chad Chronister said in a statement. "HCSO's mission to serve, protect and defend the citizens of Hillsborough County extends beyond the streets we patrol every day. If you think you can hide behind a computer screen when threatening to hurt another person, you are absolutely wrong."
The sheriff's office said deputies also found that Bancroft had shared a photo of a Cards Against Humanity play about killing "African children."
In the game, players respond to or fill in the blanks of a prompt phrase with the funniest — and often the most offensive — cards they've been dealt.
Bancroft responded to "That's right, I killed ___" with a card that said "African children," and to "How, you ask? ___" with one that said "an AR-15 assault rifle," the office said.
The office said Bancroft told deputies that he created the posts on Facebook but that he did so out of frustration and wouldn't actually hurt anyone.
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