A “rage fueled” Manhattan man made demise threats against a slew of cable information journalists and politicians in a collection of social media rants that included him ripping former President Donald Trump’s supporters as cop-killers, federal prosecutors and the NYPD stated Friday.
Rickey Johnson, 47 — who the feds say additionally used the identify Nigel Daybreak Defarren as he posted from an account linked to a Manhattan condo tackle — was arrested Thursday night time on costs of making threatening interstate communications and of threatening a US official.
Officers stated Johnson’s victims included a state governor, a US senator, a member of the Home of Representatives, a former speaker of the Home and 4 cable information broadcasters.
The politicians who acquired demise threats signify states apart from New York, courtroom paperwork stated.
“You all kill law enforcement officials,” Johnson railed against unnamed cable information broadcasters in a December reside Instagram put up, stated the feds, who described his feedback as “rage fueled.”
“Donald Trump supporters kill law enforcement officials … You don’t know what you’re speaking about. I’m gonna kill you.”
On Feb. 4, Johnson posted to his Instagram a video depicting a tv information interview involving the unnamed senator, who he stated “might be executed.”
“I’m killin’ they ass, you suppose I’m jokin’, and also you gonna know I f—in’ did it,” he stated of the pol because the information clip rolled, in accordance with the grievance against him.
“You can be held accountable,” the feds stated he ranted about one cable information persona in December. “You don’t belong on tv. You desire a trash authorities that’s now the main reason for demise in America to proceed to kill Individuals.”
About one other cable information broadcaster, Johnson allegedly ranted on Instagram, “I’m going to look you in your f—ing eye and I’m gonna take your f—in’ life, and everybody that is aware of I took your life is gonna know why.”
Additionally on Feb. 4, alongside footage of interviews of the congressperson and governor this rant: “Ma’am, you’re useless. Be sure that we perceive each other. You’re useless … Smile. I’m going to kill you.”
That very same day, he referred to as one of many broadcasters “a racist home terrorist,” and the governor “a home terrorist” who “might be killed within the identify of the US Structure.”
Johnson is because of seem earlier than United States Justice of the Peace Gabriel W. Gorenstein in Manhattan federal courtroom on Friday.
He faces a most of 10 years jail on the highest cost of threatening US officers.
Manhattan U.S. Lawyer Audrey Strauss stated: “Rickey Johnson allegedly threatened to kill a number of cable information broadcasters and present and former U.S. Senators and members of the Home in rage-fueled posts on Instagram and in chilling personal messages.
“Among the many many nice freedoms Individuals take pleasure in is the best to have interaction in political discourse, and disagreements are pure and wholesome; however when invective metastasizes into threats of hurt and even demise, legislation enforcement will act swiftly to deliver the individual accountable to justice.”
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea stated: “Rickey Johnson, as alleged on this federal grievance, took purpose on the foundations of our shared democracy and lifestyle, threatening not solely elected United States officers however a number of working journalists.
“From the earliest phases of this investigation, the NYPD Intelligence Bureau and our companions in the US Lawyer’s Workplace within the Southern District of New York labored intently to verify this particular person can be delivered to justice.”