Byron L Cowan, 43 of Racine has been charged with felony Make Terrorist Threats, Battery or Threat to Judge, Prosecutor, or Law Enforcement Officer, and Disorderly conduct. He was given a $75,000 cash bond after appearing in Racine Circuit Court Monday afternoon. His Preliminary hearing is scheduled on July 20, 2016. If convicted, he faces sentences of: Solicitation of threat against a law enforcement officer as a hate crime up to 11 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000; Terrorist threats as a hate crime, up to 8 ½ years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Disorderly conduct, up to 90 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
According to the criminal complaint Investigators with the Racine Police Department reports while monitoring social media accounts they observed an account under the name Byron Cowan who stated on July 7,2016 at 8:19 a.m. “”Be first to shoot first. I encourage every Black man in America to strap up. It is clear. I encourage every white officer to kiss there love ones goodbye. Every time you leave the house. Tell them you love them; because you may not make it home. Also if you do make it home. You may find there dead bodies sprawled all over the house. This is war were tired. I don’t care who I offend I don’t have any more words but bullets. It’s time to start going into there homes and killing there families. Not (expletive) playing or smiling.”
After that particular post Byron Cowan responds and comments “If you don’t know how to properly shoot, I will teach you”, Strap the (expletive up), shoot first”. Later on at 9:56 a.m. the defendant states “Change the world through war and destruction. You kill our children, we will return the favor, shoot first”, the criminal complaint reads
The criminal complaint states that Investigators with the Racine Police Department along with Mount Pleasant Police learned the suspect resided in Racine and took the suspect into custody without incident after he arrived at a residence. The defendant was read his Miranda rights and agreed to speak with officials. When questioned by Investigators the defendant told authorities that he stated “He did make those posts and he had over 5,000 friends on Facebook”