Police say man made threats online

Published 11:55 am Friday, September 21, 2018

Brookhaven police have decided not to pursue charges against a man suspected of threatening an officer on social media after the suspect and the police chief had chat.

Brookhaven Police Department Sgt. Jonathan Alford said Chief Kenneth Collins will not charge Brookhaven’s Darrell Gilmore with a crime after Gilmore came to police headquarters, met with the chief and expressed “deep remorse” for his actions.

“Chief Collins wishes to remind the community of Brookhaven that, while we will not mistreat our citizens nor our authority, we will not tolerate threats against the officers that serve and protect Brookhaven,” Alford said in a statement Friday afternoon. “In addition, Chief Collins urges the public to remember that social media is not the venue to express disgust or hatred toward anyone, especially any first responders.”

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This story updated at 4:06 p.m.

Police are looking for a Brookhaven man accused of threatening an officer using social media.

Chief Kenneth Collins said Darrell Gilmore, 36, of 1279 Crete Lane, threatened one of his officers in a direct message using a social media platform, possibly Snapchat.

Collins is taking the allegations seriously and wants to talk to Gilmore to hear his side of the story. Felony criminal charges may be pending on Gilmore, depending on his cooperation, he said.

“If you think you can get on social media and threaten a law enforcement officer, I’m not going to let you get away with it,” he said.

Collins said he believes Gilmore posted a message on Snapchat or a similar social media platform that said “I’ll be coming for you. I’ll be getting with you soon.”

Collins said it’s a crime to threaten police.

“I’m going to find him. He can’t threaten one of us and think we’re just going to take it,” he said. “We’ll find him. You can’t post something on social media talking about officers.”