A 33-year-old Colorado Springs man arrested for posting online threats calling for the killing of current and former police officers is scheduled to appear in federal court Monday afternoon.
Jeremiah M. Perez is a military veteran whose father worked in law enforcement for the Air Force. He was arrested last week after Google tipped the FBI.
Court documents say that Perez, using the name "Vets Hunting Cops," posted on social media sites that "our group" has killed six retired sheriffs and police officers since Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. He said they would "hunt" two more in Colorado.
“SINCE DARREN WILSON our group has killed 6 retired sheriffs and cops......because of this event we will hunt two more in colorado this week.....for every innocent citizen that cops kill WE, VETERANS WILL KILL RETIRED HELPLESS COPS.” The threat further said, “COPS ARE THE REAL ENEMIES OF FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS and TIME TO STRIKE BACK IN ALL OUT WAR IS NOW.”
Perez allegedly told authorities the posts were "misplaced frustration" and that he never planned to follow through on the violence he researched online.