An Upstate New York teenager was arrested for threatening on Snapchat to shoot individuals at an anti-police brutality protest, police mentioned.
Rylan Christy, 19, allegedly posted a photograph of himself holding a gun on the social media app on Could 31, with a caption saying he was going to open fireplace at a deliberate demonstration in Saranac Lake, state police mentioned Wednesday.
Cops came upon concerning the Snapchat submit on Tuesday, after somebody took a screenshot and despatched it to them, the Adirondack Each day Enterprise reported.
“It was a submit of a person holding an AR-style rifle,” spokesperson Trooper Jennifer Fleishman instructed the newspaper. “The submit didn’t present the person’s face.”
Christy was arrested Tuesday, simply as lots of of individuals had been gathering for a rally in Saranac Lake’s Riverside Park.
Fleishman mentioned the teenager’s risk “was focused towards violent rioters and looters, not the peaceable protesters on the demonstration in Saranac Lake.”
“This was an remoted incident,” she added. “There is no such thing as a risk of hurt to the general public.”
Christy was charged with third-degree falsely reporting a criminal offense. Police charged him below a subset of the regulation that falsely studies a “crime, disaster or emergency.”
He was given a desk look ticket to seem in City of Franklin Courtroom at a later date.