Laurel J. Sweet
A Cambridge man who allegedly declared on Twitter he wanted to “slit” the throat of U.S. Sen. John McCain – and who allegedly called for the legalization of guns for the purpose of shooting police – is in custody in New York, federal authorities announced today.
Brandon James Ziobrowski, 33, is expected to make his initial appearance on a charge of using interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat to injure another person today in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of New York.
Ziobrowski was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury in Massachusetts.
In February, Ziobrowski allegedly launched a campaign on his Twitter feed promoting violence against law enforcement, including one post that read, “Guns should only be legal for shooting the police like the second amendment intended.”
A month later, the feds said Ziobrowski turned his rage against agents working for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, tweeting, “I am broke but I will scrounge and literally give $500 to anyone who kills an ice agent.”
Two followers “liked” his murder-for-hire solicitation, the indictment states.
When an ICE field director tweeted that agents put their “lives on the line to arrest criminal aliens,” it’s alleged Ziobrowski posted, “Thank you ICE for putting your lives on the line and hopefully dying I guess so there’s less of you?”
Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler unsealed the court papers Thursday.
In the federal courthouse for an announcement that a Cambridge man has been indicted for tweeting that he’d pay people money to kill ICE agents. The tweet in question, allegedly from Brandon Ziobrowski: pic.twitter.com/mJlyvPkzDP
— Sean Philip Cotter (@CotterReporter) August 9, 2018
According to the indictment, Ziobrowski has amassed more than 400 followers since joining Twitter in 2009, but that, “Over time, Ziobrowski’s tweets have become more violent and threatening.”
For instance, the feds allege, “he has repeatedly tweeted his desire to ‘slit’ Senator John McCain’s throat.”
McCain, 81, a war hero and the Republican Party’s 2008 presidential nominee, is battling brain cancer.
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