Woman accused of threatening police online apologizes
FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - An East Point women accused of making terroristic threats against police on social media apologized to law enforcement on Friday.
"I do want to sincerely apologize about my status that I posted on Facebook," said Ebony Dickens. "It was not at all intended for any officers to be hurt in any way."
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FOX 5 first reported the story back in April of last year. Authorities said Dickens posted on Facebook that "All black people should rise up and shoot at every white cop in the nation starting now." Police said later on Dickens wrote, “I thought about shooting every white cop I see in the head until I'm caught by the police or killed by them. Ha!!!! I think I can pull it off. Might kill a least 15 tomorrow. I'm plotting now.”
Dickens admitted to writing the post when they arrested her and told investigators she was frustrated with the controversial police shootings across the country. She was charged with making terroristic threats and inciting a riot.
Friday morning, at a news conference, Dickens apologized and clarified why she wrote the post.
"It was to spark a conversation with others so we could start discussing actions done on both parts, the community and the police, so that we could come up with a resolution that would work for everybody," Dickens said. "It's frustrating when officers are hurt and it's frustrating when community members are hurt."
Dickens said the Facebook status was meant for her friends only and it was taken out of context.
"In no way did I mean for anybody to hurt a officer or for riots to be started or for anything like that to be taken seriously," she explained. "It was just a starter for a long conversation on my Facebook page so we can all discuss what's being done for our community and our law enforcement"
Dickens said she supports law enforcement and calls them every chance she gets when something is happening in her neighborhood.
"My apology is sincere because I know for a fact i don't want anybody's lives be taken or harmed."
She told FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor she would have been devastated if anything would have actually happened.
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Fulton county District Attorney Paul Howard said he will move to dismiss the charges against Dickens and hopes that Atlanta, the city of Dr. King and Ambassador Andrew Young, will be a shining example of healing between police and the community.
The idea of a public apology came from Police Union President Ken Allen who said as long as Dickens would admit her threats were wrong, he could support the charges being dropped.