Police: ‘Extremist’ planned to make fake 911 calls then ambush, kidnap and kill officers

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Cleveland, OH – Christian Ferguson, a 20-year-old black male from Cleveland has been in jail for two weeks. Why? He was planning to initiate fake 911 calls from inside the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and then ambush the park rangers that arrived.

His strategy was to steal their weapons and start an armed uprising. Turns out, Ferguson hates cops and decided it was time to exact some revenge.

The records do not indicate where his ideology cam from. But people like him should not be able to wander around, plotting the demise of cops and encouraging the rise of other cop-hating militias.

Cleveland.com reported that Ferguson told people on the social media app Discord:

“…the attackers should clean off their bullets to remove fingerprints from the casings, and discussed throwing ammonia and “bleech [sic]” at police. When you shoot go for the arms and legs but if they pose a lethal threat go for the head,” he wrote, the complaint says.

Ferguson has been charged with attempted kidnapping. 

The FBI planed an agent in a Discord conversation with Ferguson, and they soon met up and did a dry run at the national park. They hid behind trees and placed a 911 call to see how long it would take to have rangers respond. 

Four park rangers showed up, but seeing no one for several minutes, they left. Ferguson was recorded detailing the ambush.  

Once the officers arrive and they are ambushed, the plan called for them to “give the police 10 seconds to drop their weapons.”

Upon dropping their weapons, members of the militia should point guns at each officer’s head while they take their gear, starting with the bullet-proof vests.

“If they try anything, anything, one in the head – there are 29 more right for you and another goes down, and another, for any movement below the nipple,” Ferguson said, according to the complaint. “But leave one to limp home and tell law enforcement that the Spartans are out here hunting us.”

Ferguson also mentioned that if that many officer responded to the actually planned call, then they would have to kill them all. 

The Department of Justice released a statement on Thursday. It was issued out of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio. Here is that press release in its entirety.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio announced today that a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Christian Stanley Ferguson, age 20, of Cleveland, Ohio with attempted kidnapping.

Ferguson was arrested on May 8, 2020, for an attempted plot to ambush and kidnap law enforcement officers responding to a false distress call.

‘Christian Ferguson was actively planning to ambush, kidnap, and even kill law enforcement officers in order to carry out his plot of a violent uprising,’ said U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman.

‘We must demonstrate that these types of threats to law enforcement or to commit such heinous acts of violence in our community will not be tolerated.’

‘The primary mission for law enforcement officers and special agents is to protect the public,’ said FBI Cleveland Special Agent in Charge Eric B. Smith. ‘Christian Ferguson’s primary mission was to kill as many law enforcement personnel as he could, an unfathomable concept. 

Thanks to the public for advising the FBI of the hateful and violent feelings Ferguson held for law enforcement.  This information led to the swift disruption of Ferguson’s plans and his reckoning with the criminal justice system.  Law enforcement reminds the public:  see something, say something!’

‘We were happy to assist the FBI with this case, especially due to the seriousness of the threats,’ said Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis. ‘The Cuyahoga Falls Police Department members have always enjoyed a great working relationship with the local agents, and this was yet another opportunity for local and federal law enforcement to work together.’

‘The National Park Service is deeply appreciative of the work of the FBI and United States Attorney on this case,’ said CVNP Chief Ranger Bruce Gagnon. “This indictment is good news for the men and women of law enforcement across the region.’ 

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According to the criminal complaint filed in this matter, over the course of several weeks, Ferguson engaged in violent and extremist postings made on cross-platform social media communication applications.

In these postings, Ferguson discussed his desire to call police to report a false crime was in progress to prompt a response by law enforcement.

Specifically, he expressed an interest in a response by federal law enforcement because he believed they had better quality firearms and body armor to steal. 

He made statements about tactical options for killing multiple targets and  the disposal of their bodies. He reaffirmed his plan to ambush law enforcement, kill them, rob them of their weapons, and start an uprising.

As a result of online conversations in a chatroom controlled by Ferguson, he met on several occasions with individuals to further discuss Ferguson’s plan in order to see it to fruition.

Ferguson then engaged in practice drills with an AR-15 rifle and, on one occasion, conducted reconnaissance in a dry run.  He ultimately facilitated a hoax distress call within the boundaries of the National Park to gauge response time by Park Rangers.

Ferguson believed four federal officers arrived and indicated that if that many officers respond to the actual event, they would likely have to kill them all. 

Ferguson was arrested, without incident, on May 8th and is currently in federal custody.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

If convicted, the defendant’s sentence will be determined by the Court after a review of factors unique to this case, including the defendant’s prior criminal records, if any, the defendant’s role in the offense and the characteristics of the violation. 

In all cases, the sentence will not exceed the statutory maximum and in most cases, it will be less than the maximum.

This case was investigated by the Cuyahoga Valley National Park Rangers, Cuyahoga Falls Police Department, City of Cuyahoga Falls Prosecutor’s Office, and the Cleveland Division of the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Duncan Brown and Daniel Riedl.”

What Ferguson was planning to do was pure hatred and depravity. And it was all aimed at law enforcement specifically.  

But, there is another level of hatred for our law enforcement communities…and it comes from our mainstream media. It has been two weeks since Ferguson was arrested. Yet, nothing from the likes of CNN, MSNBC, etc. 

Literally nothing form CNN. 

Police: 'Extremist' planned to make fake 911 calls then ambush, kidnap and kill officers

Screenshot of CNN search pageAnd, nothing from MSNBC. 

Police: 'Extremist' planned to make fake 911 calls then ambush, kidnap and kill officers
Screenshot from MSNBC Search page

So, why the hatred and the silence when it comes to officer being targeted and attacked?

We cannot speculate as to why the media chooses to ignore stories the way they do, while spinning transverse stories as hard and fast as they possibly can. 

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