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Colorado Springs man arrested for threatening YouTube comments toward police

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Jeremiah Perez arrested after agents said he made threats against police in online comments. Jeremiah Perez arrested after agents said he made threats against police in online comments.

A Colorado Springs man was arrested on Monday for posting threats and advocating the killing police officers and retired police officers online, according to the Department of Justice. 

Google contacted the San Francisco FBI on December 17 after they found a YouTube comment that they believed was a threat. 

The comment stated: 

"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........we already started and MORE TO COME NOW.......join us and kill any cop or any retired cop !!!!!!! MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN KILLED SINCE THE PROTEST!!! THEY DONT CARE, SO NOW REAL HEROS WILL HUNT THEM ALL !!! f--- ISIS, COPS ARE THE REAL ENEMIES OF FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS and TIME TO STRIKE BACK IN ALL OUT WAR IS NOW !!!!" 

The FBI in San Francisco began to investigate the threatening comment posted by the username: "Vets Hunting Cops." After initial investigation, the authorities learned that the comment came from a Colorado IP address. The Colorado FBI began to investigate and found that the IP address was assigned to Century Link. Then, they found a Colorado Springs address. 

The police department and the FBI began to monitor the address. The FBI and Colorado Springs Police Department served a federal search warrant on his address. On December 22, the FBI contacted the suspect, 33-year-old Jeremiah M. Perez. 

Perez, a former member of the US Armed Forces, told officials he had issues with the police in the past. He said he had been treated differently because he is Latino. Perez said his comments were more aggressive after the shooting of an unarmed African American man in Ferguson, Mo. He said the intent of his comments were to scare law enforcement officials, but Perez said he understood what he did was wrong and was remorseful for the threat. They also found evidence on Perez's computer that confirmed he posted the comment. Perez was arrested and taken to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center. 

If he is found guilty, Perez could face up to 5 years in federal prison and up to a $250,000 fine. 

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