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Man Arrested For Threatening Howard University Students: ‘It’s Not Murder if They’re Black’

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Man Arrested For Threatening Howard University Students: ‘It’s Not Murder if They’re Black’

A man in Virgina was arrested Wednesday (Oct. 5) after he made threats to murder African-American students at Howard University.

John Edgar Rust, 26, of Alexandria, Va. faces up to five years in prison over threats he posted to two online message boards on Nov. 11, 2015, KSDK reports.

Documents presented to the court show Rust used the in-store Wi-Fi of a Panera restaurant in Alexandria to post the threats. According to an FBI affidavit, he concluded by saying, “After all, it’s not murder if they’re black.”

The statement reportedly came around the same time the University of Missouri was experiencing racial unrest.

“I left MU [University of Missouri] yesterday because I couldn’t put up with it anymore,” Rust wrote. “I go home to Maryland and what do I see? The same old s***. Turn on the news and it’s always the n***** causing trouble everywhere. So I’ve decided. Any n***** left at Howard University after 10 tomorrow will be the first to go. And any of those cheapskate n***** who try to get out using the metro will regret that choice real fast.”

This is not the first time Rust has run into trouble with the law. According to the Virginia Sex Offender Registry, he was convicted of indecent liberties with a child by custodian and aggravated sexual battery against a minor in 2012.

Rust is due to appear for a preliminary and detention hearing at the federal courthouse in Alexandria Thursday at 2 p.m.

Contributing Writer, All Black Media

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