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  • A New York City man might face years in jail after being arrested for allegedly threatening politicians and broadcasters, federal prosecutors introduced Friday.
  • Rickey Johnson, additionally identified “Nigel Dawn Defarren,” was arrested Thursday evening based mostly on a legal criticism filed in Manhattan federal court docket charging Johnson with with making threatening interstate communications and threatening United States officers. Attorney info was not instantly identified.
  • According to prosecutors, Johnson, 47, allegedly posted public movies on Instagram wherein he threatened to kill a United States Senator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, different present and former elected officers, and a number of other cable information broadcasters. He additionally despatched personal messages.

A New York City man might face years in jail after being arrested for allegedly threatening politicians and broadcasters, federal prosecutors introduced Friday.

Rickey Johnson, additionally identified “Nigel Dawn Defarren,” was arrested Thursday evening based mostly on a legal criticism filed in Manhattan federal court docket charging Johnson with with making threatening interstate communications, which carries a most sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment, and threatening United States officers, which carries a most sentence of ten years’ imprisonment. Attorney info for Johnson was not instantly identified.



According to prosecutors, Johnson, 47, allegedly posted public movies on Instagram wherein he threatened to kill a United States Senator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, different present and former elected officers, and a number of other cable information broadcasters.

The criticism unsealed in Manhattan federal court docket alleges that on Jan. 30, Johnson despatched a personal message to a cable information broadcaster that threatened, “you will all be held accountable . . . you will be killed.”  His message threatened by title two further broadcasters. 

Additionally, on Feb. 3, Johnson posted public messages wherein he acknowledged that he meant to “kill” two of the identical broadcasters. A day later, he allegedly posted public messages threatening, amongst others, a United States senator, a member of the United States House of Representatives, a former speaker of the United States House of Representatives, and a governor. 

According to the criticism, Johnson declared that the senator was “dead” and can be “executed,” that he was “going to kill” the Representative, and that the governor “will be executed” and “will be killed.”  In a public publish directed principally on the former speaker, Johnson allegedly acknowledged: “I am going to kill you.  I’m gonna kill all of you.”

 “Rickey Johnson allegedly threatened to kill several cable news broadcasters and current and former U.S. Senators and members of the House in rage-fueled posts on Instagram and in chilling private messages,” U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Audrey Strauss said in a statement. “Among the many great freedoms Americans enjoy is the right to engage in political discourse, and disagreements are natural and healthy; but when invective metastasizes into threats of harm or even death, law enforcement will act swiftly to bring the person responsible to justice.”

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea — whose division’s Intelligence Bureau, Leads Investigation Unit, and twenty third Precinct Field Intelligence Team, assisted within the investigation — shared related sentiments. 

“Rickey Johnson, as alleged on this federal criticism, took intention on the foundations of our shared democracy and lifestyle, threatening not solely elected United States officers however a number of working journalists,” Shea mentioned.

Last month, one other man in New York was arrested by federal authorities after he allegedly threatened a number of elected officers on-line. The man, recognized as Brendan Hunt, was arrested in Queens following a raid by the FBI.



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