Teen Arrested Over Replica Gun Pointed at Cop Car

Police investigate a scene where three people were found dead at a house on the west side of Fort Worth on Monday, June 2, 2014. (Photo: Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT/Getty Images)

Teen Arrested Over Replica Gun Pointed at Cop Car

A Texas teenager posted the picture to Twitter with the accompanying caption: "Should I do it? They don't care for a black male anyways!"

Published December 30, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Police in Texas have arrested a teen for posting a photo of a replica gun pointed at a police car with a caption reading in part: "Should I do it?"

Montrae Toliver, 17, was arrested Monday for allegedly making a terroristic threat.

Fort Worth police say he posted a photo to Twitter of a pellet gun pointed at the front of what appears to be a parked police car in the distance. A separate tweet from the same account says the gun is an Airsoft replica, which was confirmed by Fort Worth officers investigating the photo, department spokeswoman Tamara Pena said.

Someone saw the photo on Twitter, took a screenshot and submitted it to Fort Worth police's Facebook page, she said.

"Either way, it's a threat," Pena said. "And so it's going to be looked into."

The message accompanying the photo read, "Should I do it? They don't care for a black male anyways!"

The killings of two unarmed black men by white police officers in Missouri and New York this summer touched off protests and a national debate over police conduct that intensified after grand juries declined to indict the officers. Tensions escalated further after two New York City police officers were killed last weekend by a man who suggested in online posts that their slayings were in retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.

Pena did not know if Toliver had received a bond, and his name was not yet listed in jail records Thursday evening. A phone number for Toliver's family could not be found.

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(Photo: Khampha Bouaphanh/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT/Getty Images)

Written by Associated Press


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