A Georgia woman was forced to apologize on Friday after calling for ‘Death to all white cops nationwide’ in a Facebook post.
Ebony Dickens, of East Point, was charged with terrorist threats and inciting a riot after writing ‘I thought about shooting every white cop I see in the head until I’m either caught by the police or killed by them’ in the Facebook post under the name Tiffany Milan in April 2015.
The charges against Dickens, a 34-year-old mother of a teenager, were dropped in exchange for an apology at a news conference surrounded by law enforcement officials.
Dickens is a small business owner who lives just outside Atlanta and has a master’s degree in legal services.
She said on Friday that her Facebook post was taken out of context and that it was not meant to be taken seriously.
‘It was not meant that way. I would never advocate for anyone to be harmed by anyone. That is not the person that I am,’ she said. ‘My apology is genuine and sincere because I know for a fact that I do not want anyone’s lives taken, anyone being harmed by something that I put on Facebook.’
She added that she wanted to start a conversation from the post, which was put on Facebook following the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
‘I’m apologetic because I would’ve been devastated if something had happened to an officer at the time that this happened,’ Dickens said. ‘That would’ve killed me because I didn’t think about that.’
Dickens’ apology took place at Jackson Memorial Baptist Church in Atlanta, which has served as the site for several police officer funerals, according to WSB-TV.
The church’s pastor is an Atlanta Police Department chaplain, and law enforcement representatives were present to accept Dickens’ apology.
Atlanta Police Union president Ken Allen told WSB-TV that he has forgiven Dickens for writing the post.
‘When you put something that devastating and life threatening out, it could end in tragedy at any given time. What she posted could have. It didn’t happen here, luckily,’ he said.
Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard is planning on asking for the case against Dickens to be dismissed.
‘Hopefully, Mrs. Dickens has learned a valuable lesson and we will not see her again,’ Howard said.
Dickens’ full Facebook post published last year read: ‘All Black ppl should rise up and shoot at every white cop in the nation starting NOW.’
‘I condone black on white killings. Hell they condone crimes against us.’
‘I’ve thought about shooting every white cop I see in the head until I’m either caught by the police or killed by them. Ha!!!! I think I can pull it off. Might kill at least fifteen tomorrow.
‘I’m plotting now. They reading this sh** too right now. Freedom of speech tho. So when you can absolutely show me the 1st amendment where it explicitly says you can’t say ‘kill all cops,’ then I’ll delete my status. Other than that…NOPE!’
‘Death to all white cops nationwide.’