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El Paso man who said it was his ‘dream’ to kill Black protesters is now going to federal prison

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A person holds up a placard that reads, 'Black lives matter' during a protest.

EL PASO, Texas — An El Paso man who posted a video online threatening to kill Black Lives Matter protesters has been sentenced to nearly two years in federal prison, officials said Wednesday.

Manuel Flores, 43, was sentenced to 21 months in prison after pleading guilty last year to posting a threatening communication over the internet. He's been in custody since his arrest in June.

In the video, Flores displays an AR-15-style rifle and said it was his “dream” to kill Black protesters who had gathered in response to George Floyd's death last year.

“During this time of polarized political discord, peaceful protest is an important right that must be safeguarded and those who threaten to harm others, commit acts of violence, destroy property or attack law enforcement must be held accountable for their criminal behavior,” U.S. Attorney Gregg N. Sofer said in a statement.

According to court records, Flores was remorseful and apologetic when he was questioned by agents and said he'd been drinking when he posted the video and didn't recall making the threats.

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  1. Just a couple days ago, alberto posted a threat over the internet:
    Going Foreword 123 says:
    January 5, 2021 at 8:54 pm
    Ill put you down and in the ground too!

    1. HYPERBOLE not a THREAT grasping at straws idiot! Im a journalism major a ‘word nerd’ I know the limits of Freedom of Speech. I lack the wherewithal M-O to carry out a so called threat against anyone on here nor wound I because I know nothing about nor care to know about you. BTW in context what was said was in response to what’s his face when he replied they I we on the Left put the military down I rapped it out Down rhymes with Ground as I objected you on the Right and Fort Bliss them setting up another Negro soldier scapegoat for yet another dead white female soldier. My subsequent comment” I’M TRYING TO STOP A BLM RIOT ON FORT BLISS; YOU KNEE JERKS AGENTS PROVOCATEUR ON THE RIGHT ARE INCITING A RIOT ON FORT BLISS!”

  2. Speaking of Journalism I posted & boasted other KVIA-7 General manager KEVIN LOVELL my EP-CC COLLEGE INSTRUCTOR @ INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATION/ JOURNALISM” SPRING 1998. Obviously doest dig censorship on her

      1. Hard to believe you once had of position of power and responsibility. You must have graduated at the very bottom of your class, dude. I can just picture the way you abused your power when arresting people. Typical cop who thinks his shit does not stink now or ever.

    1. Griffin used props to make a point. She was not arrested because what she did was not a crime. Nevertheless what she did was in extremely bad taste and she was ostracized plenty, even by the *liberal* media.

  3. It’s like some guy posting death threats online and got two years in federal prison, but alberto posted this following threat and they didn’t notify the FBI.

    Going Foreword 123 says:
    January 5, 2021 at 8:54 pm
    Ill put you down and in the ground too!

  4. Mike is throwing stones when he lives in a glass house. Many times he has threatened to use his phony LEO credentials to dox and put away people. Empty threats ALL. Please get another Hobby apart from try9ng to scare people. It ain’t working!

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