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January 8, 2016

Source of Campus Threat Must Disclose Charge to Schools

This Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox ruled that the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) student who allegedly threatened to shoot several people at the University of Chicago in November must report his charge to any school to which he applies, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Last month, Cox ordered Jabari Dean’s release into his mother’s custody, but has since added this requirement to the terms of his release. The magistrate judge’s office declined to comment further to the maroon due to the ongoing nature of the case, and the status of his enrollment at UIC is unclear. His charge carries a maximum prison sentence of five years.

According to a formal criminal complaint by FBI Special Agent Sean Burke, on November 29, 2015 the FBI received a call to its public access hotline that reported a threat posted on a website in response to a video clip the previous day. The comment consisted of a threat to kill 16 white males on the University of Chicago quad at 10 a.m. on November 30. The caller took a screenshot of the posted comment and sent it to the FBI.

Burke was unable to find the original comment on the website but was able to use the screenshot to trace the comment to Jabari Dean, who lives in the Chicagoland area. Burke and other FBI agents then visited Dean’s residence. Dean admitted to posting the threatening comment and said he had taken it down shortly afterward.

It was later reported that Dean had posted his threatening comment under a clip from the movie Panther on the website WorldStarHipHop. The threat was revealed to be a reaction to the killing of Laquan McDonald, 17, who was shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer in October 2014.

Dean, 21, was arrested on November 30 and charged with transmitting in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another.

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