“who else can pledge get in on this let’s make this work”
A 33 year old Cambridge, Massachusetts man named Brandon Ziobrowski was arrested this week for a tweet he recently published in which he offered $500 to “anyone” willing to kill an ICE agent. According to reports, he has also used Twitter to call for violence against police officers, and to threaten Senator John McCain.
Tom Winter and Joe Valiquette report at NBC News:
Massachusetts man arrested for threatening ICE agents on Twitter
A Boston-area man has been arrested by federal agents in New York after threatening U.S. immigration agents on Twitter.
Brandon Ziobrowski, 33, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was arrested Thursday morning after posting on Twitter in July that he would give $500 to anyone who would kill an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent…
In March he began tweeting threatening messages about ICE, according to the indictments.
On July 2, he tweeted: “I am broke but I will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills an ice agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get it on this let’s make it work.”
Here’s a copy of the tweet:
— Beth Germano (@BethWBZ) August 9, 2018
CBS News in Boston has more:
Cambridge Man Accused Of Tweeting Threats Against ICE Agents, McCain
Ziobrowski was charged with one count of use of interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person. He was arrested Thursday morning in New York and will appear in Boston at a later date.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in one alleged tweet on July 2, Ziobrowski wrote: “I am broke but I will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills an ice agent. @me seriously who else can pledge get in on this let’s make this work.” At the time of the tweet, Ziobrowski had 448 Twitter followers…
U.S. attorney Andrew Lelling said his office will aggressively pursue anyone inciting violence against law enforcement, citing the shooting of four officers in Massachusetts this year.
“Under the guise of political debate, we are facing a rising tide of public threats and invitations to violence that undermine a Democratic society and a rule of law,” Lelling said during a press conference Thursday morning. “Federal agents enforce laws enacted by Congress.”
Ziobrowski did not do this rashly in a moment of anger, he has a history:
A Feb. 24, 2018 tweet read: “Guns should only be legal for shooting the police like the second amendment intended.”
In March 2018, Ziobrowski allegedly started tweeting threatening messages against federal law enforcement agents that work for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
On March 1, 2018, in responding to a tweet from the ICE Field Office stating that ICE officers put their “lives on the line to arrest criminal aliens,” Ziobrowski posted a message that read: “Thank you ICE for putting your lives on the line and hopefully dying I guess so there’s less of you?”
Here’s the CBS Boston video report:
Here’s video of his arrest in New York:
JUST IN – 7News has obtained surveillance footage of the moment Brandon Ziobrowski was taken into federal custody in Astoria this morning. Federal officials say Ziobrowski offered to pay people to kill ICE agents. pic.twitter.com/LUcS89pfBu
— Mike Fahey (@michaelefahey) August 9, 2018
Howie Carr has more photos:
Meet Brandon Ziobrowski, the 33 y.o. Cambridge resident charged with making an interstate threat.
— Howie Carr (@HowieCarrShow) August 9, 2018
Congressman Steve Scalise spoke out about this on Twitter. He has a rather unique perspective on issues like these, having been shot by a Bernie Sanders supporting, Rachel Maddow fan last year:
— Rep. Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) August 9, 2018
The person America needs to hear from on this is Senator Elizabeth Warren. Ziobrowski lives in her city. What do you think the odds are on him being one of her supporters? She is listed as one of his “Likes” on Facebook:
Here’s Warren at a rally in Boston in June calling for an end to ICE:
Will anyone from our brave media ask Warren for her thoughts on Mr. Ziobrowski?
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