Massachusetts Man Arrested After Authorities Say He Put A $500 Bounty On An ICE Agent

Submitted by: fancylad 4 months ago in News & Politics Tech

A man from Cambridge, Massachusetts, was arrested today after one of his tweets from early July was interpreted by authorities as threatening to ICE agents. The Boston Globe reports that federal authorities grew concerned after Brandon James Ziobrowski tweeted: “I am broke but I will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills an ice agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this let's make this work.” 

Federal authorities said this was not Ziobrowski’s only concerning tweet: On March 1, he replied to an ICE field officer who tweeted that agents put their “lives on the line” by writing, “Thank you ICE for putting your lives on the line and hopefully dying I guess so there's less of you?” 

He also wrote in February that "shooting a cop should get you a medal," and has repeatedly mentioned his desire to slit US Senator John McCain’s throat, authorities said. Ziobrowski was arrested in Queens early Thursday morning on a charge of "use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person." He's set to attend court in Boston on August 15. 

“You can say all you want that you are against the aggressive enforcement of the immigration laws,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling. “But when you cross the line into threatening peoples' lives, or putting their lives at risk by creating an incentive to hurt people, that you cannot do.”
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Male 9,311
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LordJim Hes part of the British aristocracy, Do you really think he will get the same treatment as "commoners"
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Male 9,311
layla_wilson As an aristocrat he's entitled to a silken rope at his hanging or, in cases of treason, a headsman imported from France.
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Male 777
Not bad, he's semi-famous and didn't have to actually kill anybody. We will have to wait and see if he triggers the Jodi Foster effect.
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Male 2,167
"one of his tweets from early July was interpreted by authorities as threatening to ICE agents"

"interpreted"?! He offered cash for murder, in writing. There is no possible defense.
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Male 45,594
And?   The Black Panthers put a 10K bounty on George Zimmerman's life and the guv'ment did nothing about it.
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Male 7,258
Gerry1of1 That's because the Black Panthers dissolved back in the early 80s, once Newton got back from Cuba, it was basically dead.

I dunno what boogie man you are referring too, but there is no BP party anymore.
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Gerry1of1 Bounty for capture. No mention of killing.
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So you can say online that you are going to go to your school and kill everyone and that's not a crime, but saying  on twitter that you will pay someone (very little) to have someone killed is a crime?

I thought they had to do a sting and have him hand over cash believing hes getting the service for a crime to be commited?

“But when you cross the line into threatening peoples' lives, or putting their lives at risk by creating an incentive to hurt people, that you cannot do.”

Remember when Trump said "Knock the crap out of him, would you? I promise you, I will pay your legal fees" referring to a protester during one of his rallies?
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Male 7,258
layla_wilson I don't think you can say that you are going to kill everyone in your school

Pretty sure people have already been arrested for stuff like that in the US, lemme check.

Folks like this have been arrested for claiming they were gonna shoot up a school

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/north-fulton-county/middle-school-student-arrested-for-social-media-threats/701170876
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daegog Did Nikolas Cruz not say online he wanted to shoot his school up?

https://eu.greenbaypressgazette.com/story/news/2018/02/21/nikolas-cruzs-threats-shoot-up-school-were-enough-warning-act-legal-experts-say/340728002/

"A neighbor had reported Cruz’s 2016 posting about his desire to shoot up his school, but a police officer dismissed that concern and said there was nothing authorities could do"
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layla_wilson If a young man has a gun and says he will shoot up a school, he should have been arrested.

Cops were just being lazy or SOMEHOW were convinced that he was not in any way a viable threat or they didn't actually see the post themselves?  Maybe they were just too lazy to look for the threats.

If you wanna get your nutty neighbors in jail, TAKE SCREEN SHOTS FOLKS.
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Male 7,258
Do people assume that law enforcement and the government has no access to twitter OR do they honestly not know saying shit like this is illegal?
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