We’ve just received reports that members of Cop Block were targeted with what appears to be a violent threat, possibly a death threat, from an upcoming sheriff.
Cop Block is a decentralized organization that promotes police accountability by going out and filming cops to document abuse, as well as by engaging in acts of civil disobedience.
“If you were a law abiding citizen you wouldn’t have any problem with 5-0, but something tells me you were probably being a jackass towards a police officer and you got what was coming to you, and that inspired you to make a page giving a bad name to all law enforcement,” says the individual who posted the threat.
He then says that he would beat citizens who film cops, for “sheer joy” and adds that he’s about to train for a position in the Washoe County Sheriffs department.
“…I hope some cop beats your ass next time you’re “protesting” or filming them or whatever. In fact I’m about to start the training academy for the washoe county sheriffs dept in reno, Nevada and I can’t wait to deal with punk ass bitches like you. I would beat your fucking ass just for the sheer joy of it.”
To make matters even worse, he thinks Americans who protest and film cops should be rounded up and exterminated in “gas chambers.”
“If I had my way, there would be another holocaust with camps and gas chambers full of fucking cunt scabs like you. I hope you die.”
Friends, do you want this guy roaming your neighborhood with a loaded pistol?
Cop Block has identified the individual as Darren Redding and copy/pasted the threat in its entirety to their Facebook page, stating “While it’s rare that we receive direct death threats, they must be taken seriously, especially when they come from someone… who is about to become a Law enforcement agent / Sheriff.”
Update (01/13/14): Veterans and Former Police Support Cop Block, Respond to the Threat
Darren Redding, the soldier and soon-to-be cop who made the threat, has received needed criticism from Marine veterans and former police who support Cop Block. Here is what they had to say.
Response from Marine veteran: …I just want to point out something you should have already known as a Marine, Something that every single member of the Armed forces knows. Actions have consequences…
You served our country, and you want to do more by serving your Local community. I get that. But like myself, you swore an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States, Against ALL enemies foreign and domestic. Your response paints a picture that you want to violate your oath and deny the rights of over 86,000 people who like Cop Block. People who do not want to crush the police or hate them. People who want Law enforcement to uphold the law, respect and defend the rights of the people they are sworn to protect, and not abuse the power they wield for some sense of personal power.
As a Veteran I support the Cop Block page because I support the Constitution. I support this page because I believe that as a republic we should venerate the just and punish the guilty, regardless of Rank, Title, or if they have a badge.
This little rant you posted came across as a death threat. In the age of digital distribution a screenshot of this will kill your resume when your prospect employer googles you. It will kill your credibility in a court of law when you need to testify as the defense lawyer will have dirt on you that clearly shows that you are a cop who thinks he is above the law and is out to crush all dissent.
Response from former police officer: I’m one of CopBlock’s biggest fans and a former Police Officer from Texas. A lot of cops are corrupted by stress and power at some point in their career. The real losers are the wannabees who should never have such responsibilities in the first place because they lack maturity and personal integrity.
The most unintelligent thing a potential cadet candidate could possibly do is to mouth off in a public forum on the internet and alert the people he wants to work with that he is entirely unfit for consideration for training.
Goodbye loser, your big mouth just cost you a career and saved the public from having to deal with you in the future. Oh- not sure about Nevada, but in Texas you might be prosecuted for “making a terroristic threat” in this situation. Idiot.