A Colorado man named Jeremiah Perez has been arrested for a comment he posted onYouTube, threatening to kill “retired helpless cops,” which Google itself reported to authorities. Mountain View called up the FBI in San Francisco after someone with the username “Vets Hunting Cops” posted this comment on one of its videos:
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…COPS ARE THE REAL ENEMIES OF FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS and TIME TO STRIKE BACK IN ALL OUT WAR IS NOW.
Darren Wilson, as you know, was the cop who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown in Missouri. The FBI tracked down the commenter’s location using his account, and then scoped out Perez’s residence for a day before the agents obtained a search warrant. They determined that he was the one who posted the comment after looking through his computer, where they also found search terms like “Kill Barack Obama” and “Hunt Darren Wilson’s Family.”
To be clear, Perez was arrested without incident: He admitted to posting those threats, but claimed that he never intended to follow through. According to the US Attorney General’s office, authorities figured that he knew law enforcement agents would eventually read the post, and he intentionally wanted to scare them. US Attorney General John Walsh also said that people other than Perez posting comments online threatening to kill police offers should expect to get “some very serious attention” from authorities.
This isn’t the first time Google’s reports to authorities have led to an arrest, though. Back in August, the company’s child-porn detecting technology spotted incriminating imagesin a user’s Gmail account. People were worried that meant the tech juggernaut was looking through everyone’s emails, but Google maintained that an automated system was responsible for the discovery, and it couldn’t actually parse users’ conversations.