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Detroit man facing felony charges after Facebook threat against police officers arrested

Posted at 10:51 AM, Oct 05, 2016

A Detroit man who was charged with felonies for reportedly made threats of violence against police on Facebook has been arrested at the Comfort Inn in Southfield.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced felony charges against Nheru Gowan Littleton Wednesday. He was arrested hours later by Detroit police and the US Marshals Detroit Fugitive Apprehension Team.

Littleton, 40, has been charged with Making a Terroristic Threat and Using a Computer to Commit a Crime.

Police say Littleton posted a message on Facebook on July 8 that encouraged killing police officers. The threat on Facebook read "“F*** them racist a** white cops!!! Kill them ALL!!! Black Lives Matter!!! Black people should start killing all white cops just like they are killing us!!! Then and only then will this s*** stop!! Why you ask? Because white people will be dropping like flies!!!”

This message was reportedly posted shortly the day after shootings in Dallas where five officers were killed.

“Threatening the life of a police officer is a threat against our entire community.  We take these threats very seriously,” said Chief Craig.  “I’ve made a commitment to the men and women of the Detroit Police Department, I will not ignore those who threaten their safety. I refuse to let threats against officers go without a response.”

“A threat to law enforcement officers is a threat to us all,” said Schuette. “The men and women who stand between mothers and children and those that want to do harm should be able to do their job without the fear of an unprovoked attack. This is a fight worth fighting, we cannot allow it to be open season on police.”

“Every day we put our lives on the line, defending those that can’t always defend themselves.” said Mark Diaz, Detroit Police Officers Association President. “The threats we face every day are real. And in this time of heightened emotion, we have to consider the threats made to law enforcement as real, credible threats.”

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy had previously investigated this case and decided there was not enough evidence for charges at that time.

She issued a statement regarding the charges:

Prosecutor Kym Worthy said, "It is my understanding that the Michigan Attorney General has charged only one of the multiple Facebook cases. That is certainly his prerogative. We stand by our decision in that case‎ and we will continue to advocate for needed changes in the applicable statutes."