Chicago Man Facing Federal Charges For Threats Against Chicago Police Families

Matthew Ross began posting threats to social media just prior to former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke's trial.

Chicago, IL – A man accused of repeatedly threatening to harm or kill former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, his family, and Chicago police families is now facing federal charges.

The former officer was recently sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

He fatally shot McDonald while the knife-wielding teen, high on PCP, walked down the street and ignored officers’ commands.

According to the indictment, Matthew Ross, 32, has been charged with three counts of making online threats, due to a multitude of posts he made beginning in August of 2018, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The indictment was made public last week.

As the jury selection for Van Dyke’s trial began in September, Ross posted photos of one of the former officer’s family members onto social media, according to the Chicago Tribune.

“OUR WOMEN AND CHILDREN AREN’T OFF LIMITS FOR THEM…SO THEIRS AREN’T FOR US!!” the post read, according to court documents.

“JUST SHOOT UP THE WHOLE COURTROOM!!” he wrote on Oct. 2, as Van Dyke testified in his own defense. “FREE YOUR SOUL!!!”

He made five posts in less than two hours that day, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

Other posts expanded the threats to all law enforcement families in the area.

“CHICAGO POLICE’S WIVES & CHILDREN NEED TO BE SHOT!!” Ross wrote in a post in August, according to court documents.

“MT. GREENWOOD, MIDWAY, ALL COP NEIGHBORHOODS, WE BEATIN YA’LL KIDS AND WIVES -SS IF VAN DYKE GETS OFF!!” another post read.

“SO IF I GOT A HIT SQUAD TOGETHER TO SHOOT 70 FAMILY MEMBERS OF CPD OFFICERS THIS WEEKEND…..THEY’LL BE NO SUSPECTS MONDAY MORNING??” he wrote on Aug. 7.

Ross also allegedly threatened to set fire to city aldermen’s offices and the Navy Pier if the former officer was not convicted of second-degree murder and the 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm leveled against him, the Chicago Tribune reported.

According to court documents, Ross’ Facebook page showed photos of him holding a rifle.

Police initially arrested Ross on Oct. 4 at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, as he was arriving to listen to closing arguments in Van Dyke’s case.

He was charged with misdemeanor offenses of disorderly conduct and electronic harassment, and was released on his own recognizance.

Those charges were dismissed in November, the Chicago Sun Times reported.

Ross initially told the Chicago Sun Times that he regretted making the posts, and that he didn’t think they would be shared as widely as they were.

“It was posted in the heat of the moment,” he claimed at the time. “Unfortunately, once you put in on social media you can’t take it back.”

Ross also claimed that he wants to strive for peace and mutual respect with Van Dyke’s supporters.

“We all need to get to a place where we show each other love and grace,” he told the Chicago Sun Times in October.

If convicted of the federal counts against him, Ross could serve up to 15 years in prison, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Comments (30)
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Jones24
Jones24

Typical scum bag! Shouting off his mouth trying to be a big-shot.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Probably related to @Hi_estComnDenomn.

Mrs10
Mrs10

I'm extremely bothered by the fact that the original State charges were dropped. It's good that Federal charges are now levied but the damage is done.

CPD officers, read the writing on the wall - your families are apparently open season for online harassment and even direct threats. You can't count on the system to have your back. This should be the last straw!

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

Why do these degenerates think they can make threats and go unpunished. Jail time isn’t enough for these Pisces of shit. I say any threat made should be the punishment they deserve!

tfort
tfort

They obviously were not direct threats. He was mad and popped off. No more, no less.

RSE 2844
RSE 2844

Think I could get to talk to him in private for 10 minutes before he is locked up?

Stanracer
Stanracer

The media and their lies are to blame for the war on the police.👎

jimmyfboyd1234
jimmyfboyd1234

Federal charges weren’t brought until he threatened the Alderman and the pier,the ones he made against officers and their families were dismissed,that shows that the system cares more about higher ranking officials and government property more then officers and their families

NickyJ
NickyJ

Oh no! Better get BLM on this cause. Get a life BLM. Every life matters. Stupid fools

StandforTheBlue
StandforTheBlue

I cannot understand how the 1st Amendment now covers communicating death threats???????? We went VERY VERY wrong on the private interpretation of that law!!!

61mouse
61mouse

Let them be cellmates

Jimmyd2
Jimmyd2

It would seem like the comments were akin to yelling "fire" in a crowded theater (not covered by the first amendment). The intent was to strike terror and fear in the families of these officers.

Kristin
Kristin

People claim the MAGA cap is hateful, yet racial slurs are coming from these clowns wearing this knitted garbage on their head spewing hate out and making death threats. Privilege card

Trueferblue
Trueferblue

He doesn't regret shit because his cowardly ass got caught and he's pulling a "CYOA" ! #truferblue

Alluh
Alluh

Ima blow your house up

MohammadTheProphet
MohammadTheProphet

I've been praising you master wheres my wises?