A 22-year-old man has been arrested and is facing charges after he posted a video on social media in which he was seen threatening and yelling obscenities at Miami-Dade Police officers while holding an AK-47 rifle outside the window of his moving car.
The man, identified as Vernon E. Kelson, posted the threatening video on his Instagram page, @Getbackgan.Hank, on Saturday, February 25 at around 1 p.m. Miami-Dade police officers who were in marked vehicles saw the video and were able to link Kelson to a previous investigation.
In the video, Kelson can be heard repeatedly threatening the police officers, saying, “If they pull this b—- over, it’s going to go down.” The Miami-Dade Police Department released a statement saying that they were monitoring social media when they came across the video “from a known account.” Police did not disclose the nature of the prior investigation.
Officials arrested Kelson on Tuesday, and he is now facing a number of charges, including written threats to kill or do bodily harm, displaying a firearm while committing a felony, and carrying a concealed firearm, according to Miami-Dade Police officials.
After Kelson’s arrest, Miami-Dade Police Director Freddy Ramirez released a statement condemning the incident and promising to bring those responsible to justice.
“Law enforcement officers put on their uniforms every day and leave their homes not knowing if they will return,” Ramirez said. “I will not tolerate anyone, in any way, to threaten my officers or anyone bearing the badge on their chest. I will make available all of the resources of the Miami-Dade Police Department to bring those individuals to justice.”
Threats against law enforcement officers are taken seriously and can lead to severe consequences. The use of social media to threaten law enforcement officers has become increasingly common in recent years and is viewed as a serious threat to public safety.