A Wisconsin man who went on a racist Facebook rant in which he suggested black men kill white law enforcement officers became significantly more acquainted with them when he was arrested on Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Byron Cowan of Racine became the subject of a national manhunt after he posted to Facebook an explicit threat to law enforcement officers – especially those with a melanin deficiency.
“’Be first to shoot first,’” Cowan wrote. “I encourage every Black man in America to strap up. It is clear. I encourage every white officer to kiss there love ones goodbye. Every time you leave the house. Tell them you love them; because you may not make it home. Also if you do make it home. You may find there dead bodies sprawled all over the house.
“This is war were tired. I don’t care who I offend I don’t have any more words but bullets. It’s time to start going into there homes and killing there families. Not f****** playing or smiling.”
While Cowan may not have cared who he offended, he did care when it dawned upon him that threatening to kill white officers and calling for race war isn’t just frowned upon, but also pretty illegal. So he deleted his Facebook account.
His account deletion didn’t solve anything though. It wasn’t long before they very men he said he was going to kill caught up with him.
“Detectives and FBI agents took the 43-year-old man into custody at his home without incident,” the Tribune reported. “He was arrested on suspicion of making threats to hurt police and making terroristic threats.”