There have been protests in Chicago following the arrest of Officer Jason Van Dyke in the death of 17-year old Laquan McDonald, who was shot by Van Dyke 16 times. Protesters were angry and upset that the investigation and his arrest took 13 months. They called for the resignation of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cooks County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, both Democrats, even after Van Dyke was arrested.
The protests in Chicago have not escalated as they did in Ferguson and Baltimore. Protesters have been overall peaceful as they march and chant through the streets. But, that must not have been good enough for Jabari Dean, a 21-year old black freshman at the University of Chicago. Dean posted a comment on WorldStarHipHop.com in which he threatened to murder 16 white people on campus. If you think he is now sitting in a city or county jail awaiting crime for this mass shooting threat, you’d be wrong.
On Tuesday, a federal judge, Judge Susan Cox, put Dean under house arrest and released him to his mother. In addition, and even more incredulous, Judge Cox is allowing Dean to attend classes on the very campus he threatened to attack and kill 16 white people. The judge only said that Dean cannot use the internet.
Are you kidding? Talk about privilege.
If this was not the threat of a hate crime, then what is? A black student targeted whites in his threat announcing that he was going to kill 16 white people. He didn’t say just any 16 people. Dean was very specific that his target was going to be white people.
Here are Dean’s exact words that he posted online.
“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 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….”
The threat caused the University of Chicago to cancel classes on Monday. Dean created an environment of fear with his terroristic threat. Yet, he will now get to sleep in his own bed and go onto the campus that he threatened to shoot up as he killed whites.
Despite his very specific threat, down to where on campus he was going to commit the crime, prosecutors said they did not believe that Dean was an actual threat. Reportedly, no weapons were found in Dean’s off-campus apartment, though who knows if he had weapons anywhere else, or access to weapons.
Perhaps the judge and the prosecutors fell for the description of Dean’s intentions by his uncle, Philip Rutherford.
Rutherford spoke with FOX 32 about his nephews threat. He said, “Stupid. Silly ignorant. Goofy. Everybody is upset. The whole family is upset.”
I’m sure every white student on the University of Chicago campus was also upset by the terror your nephew caused, Mr. Rutherford.
In a real slap in the face, Rutherford described his nephew’s threat to conduct a mass shooting to kill white people on the University of Chicago campus as “just fun and games.”
Is that really the excuse we are supposed to buy? He was just having fun, so no big deal?
Officer Van Dyke was released after a bond of $1.5 million was set for him on Monday and he posted the $150,000 necessary to be let go. Some may think that Van Dyke should have been held without bail, but a bond was set and he met it.
For Jabari Dean to simply be released after threatening to kill 16 white people in retaliation for the death of Laquan McDonald and to be allowed to return to the campus and be among the students, he threatened to assassinate is ridiculous and dangerous.
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Not only are the lives of people, especially those who are white, on the University of Chicago at risk, but this could dangerously open the door to additional copycat threats around the country.
The black supremacists of Black Lives Matter and their college student sycophantic followers have called for safe spaces for blacks on college campuses. It looks like it is the white students at the University of Chicago who are in actual need of a safe space with a potential, self-identified killer among them.