Brooklyn Protester Charged with 'Making Terroristic Threats' after Fox News Interview

1010 Wins - June 08, 2020

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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Police said they’ve charged a Brooklyn protester with making terroristic threats after he appeared to suggest in a Fox News interview that Manhattan’s Diamond District could be set on fire.

The man, who gave his name as “Ace Burns,” allegedly made the threats outside the Barclays Center amid protests over police brutality and racial inequities.

The NYPD tweeted Saturday night that they had “identified the man and took him in to be interviewed.”

Police told Fox News on Sunday that the man, identified as Israel Burns, had since been charged with making terroristic threats, aggravated harassment, and false reporting. They said he had not been released.

During the interview Saturday, a man told Fox News reporter Jacqui Heinrich he was the leader of the “FTP movement.”

“It means a lot of things. It can mean ‘free the people.’ It can mean ‘for the people.’ It can also mean ‘fire to property,’” he said. “And that’s very possible.”

“Today, I’m leading a demonstration from Barclays Center at 6 p.m. to City Hall, and that’s the first stop. And we’re hoping (Mayor Bill) de Blasio and (Gov. Andrew) Cuomo come out and talk to us and give the youth some direction,” he continued.

“But if they don’t, the next stop is the Diamond District. And gasoline, thanks to Trump, is awfully cheap,” he said. “So we’re giving them a chance right now to do the right thing.”

Protests in New York City were largely peaceful Saturday, with only a handful of arrests and summonses made as tens of thousands of protesters marched across the city.