Kokomo, IN - Christopher Sutton, age 44, is facing charges after he encouraged his Facebook followers to "booby trap" their yards to intentionally injure Kokomo police officers.
According to The Indy Channel, Sutton's trap suggestions included hiding boards with exposed nails in thick grass. He also wanted people to take videos of the officers as they were injured.
In his Facebook posts, which were made on Tuesday, Sutton singled out one female Kokomo Police Officer, who detectives have since discovered that he has been stalking since 2014. On Tuesday, Sutton posted four pictures of abandoned vehicles tagged by the female Kokomo Police Officer.
The police department became aware of the threatening posts on Thursday.
In 2014, that female Kokomo Police Officer had pulled Sutton over for a traffic violation. He later followed her home after her shift. He was issued multiple traffic citations He pleaded guilty to all of the citations.
Law enforcement obtained a warrant on Christopher Sutton for stalking, a level 5 felony, intimidation, a level 6 felony, and harassment, a class B misdemeanor. Sutton turned himself and is now in custody.
Kokomo Police believe that some of Sutton's followers have acted on his Facebook instructions and may have booby-trapped their property to intentionally injure Kokomo Police Officers.
There are limits to free speech, and inciting violence is not protected speech. Hopefully this serves as a lesson to all of the keyboard warriors who think that they can't be touched if they are inciting violence while sitting behind a computer screen.
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