A Chicago man was arrested Monday after allegedly threatening to shoot students at the University of Chicago, which prompted a cancellation of classes and events.
Jabari Dean, 21, is being charged with transmitting a threat in interstate commerce, the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois said in a statement. Dean was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Monday afternoon.
Multiple reports indicated that Dean is an engineering student at another local school, the University of Illinois at Chicago. That school said earlier Monday that one of its students living off-campus was arrested.
Federal agents said Dean posted a threat over the holiday weekend that he would execute approximately 16 white students or staff members at the University of Chicago on Monday, with a screenshot of the threat provided to the FBI.
The threat was apparently in retaliation for the death of Laquan McDonald, the 17-year-old black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer in Chicago. The officer was charged last week with murder. Police dash-cam video of the October 2014 shooting death was released last week.
Dean also said in his post the he would die “killing any number of white policemen that I can in the process,” according to the criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago.
“This is not a joke. I am to do my part and rid the world of white devils. I expect you do the same,” a commentator under the initials “JRD” wrote in the post, according to court records published by theChicago Tribune.
The complaint said Dean admitted to posting the threat and took it down shortly after, according to The Associated Press.
The University of Chicago canceled classes and events Monday at its main campus in Hyde Park, reportedly affecting more than 30,000 people, after it was notified by the FBI of a specific threat to the campus on Monday.