First U.S. Cop Ever Charged With Terrorism Is Sentenced

The first U.S. police officer to face charges of terrorism was sentenced on Friday.

​Washington D.C. – A former D.C. Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) officer, convicted by a jury in December of 2017 for trying to help the Islamic State, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Friday.

Former Officer Nicholas Young, 38, lied for, and gave financial support to, a supposed Islamic State recruit who was actually an FBI informant, according to The Washington Post.

Young was the first member of U.S. law enforcement to ever face terrorism charges.

“I’m sorry for letting my friends down, letting my family down,” he said in court on Feb. 23. “Those people in my life deserved better from me.”

Young, who faced as many as 60 years in prison for his crimes, wrote a letter to Judge Leonie Brinkema prior to his sentencing.

“There is one thing that the government has not proven and will never prove: that I do not love my country and what it stands for,” he wrote.

Young was arrested in August of 2016, on charges of attempted material support for terrorism, and obstruction of justice.

He has said he was entrapped by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

But authorities said the investigation into Young began much earlier, while he was serving as a police officer in the nation’s capital.

Fellow police officers described Young as strange, with an avid interest in history, and a passive approach to his job.

The Washington Post reported that Young never used his gun, baton, or pepper spray during the 13 years he was an MTPD officer.

Many of his fellow police officers were uncomfortable with his social media rants about the government and openness about being a Nazi reenactor. He also began to grow a long beard.

MTPD officials took their concerns to the FBI in 2008, but the agency did not begin investigating Young for another two years.

In 2011, Young openly used his paid leave from MTPD to help topple the Libyan government, twice, to join rebel groups in helping to overthrow the Libyan government under Gadhafi, according to WTTG.

Young was first contacted by the FBI in 2010 when an acquaintance, Zachary Chesser, was under investigation and ultimately convicted of trying to join an al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group and threatening the creators of the popular television series “South Park.”

After that initial contact, Young remained on the FBI's radar after he told an undercover officer that anyone who betrayed him would end up at the bottom of a lake, and bragged about his stockpile of weapons, police said.

The FBI’s big breakthrough in their investigation that led to their arrest of the police officer, occurred in 2014 when Young met and became friendly with a 20-year-old man who was actually an FBI informant in 2014.

He sent gift cards and codes on behalf of Mohammad, who told him it was the only way to reach his family, whom reportedly he believed were with ISIS.

The affidavit said Young was actually communicating with an undercover officer who thanked him for the codes by saying "May Allah reward you for efforts."

Young replied "glad it came through...getting rid of device now...for real. Gonna eat the sim card. Have a good day."

When they arrested Young, agents who searched his truck found a Kel-Tec .380 firearm, six hollow point bullets, $1,065 in cash, and a burner phone with clear tape over the camera aperture. Eighteen rifles and pistols were seized from his home.

Authorities said recorded conversations showed Young's violent tendencies. He’d argued that terrorist attacks were "understandable reactions to Western aggression."

During the trial, prosecutors said Young's support for the Nazis was evidence he was predisposed to support terrorism before he was first contacted by their agents.

Young has denied the allegations, although he has a large tattoo on his left bicep of a SS unit's logo.

His family has stood by him, and wrote letters to the court supporting him that said the man depicted by prosecutors was not the peaceable, tolerant and patriot person they knew, the Washington Post reported.

His mother, Joy Young, said Young’s maternal great-grandfather was Jewish and that her son had had a Jewish girlfriend, and that most of his friend at his police department were black.

The Washington Post reported that his mother the CIA until her son was born, and her father was an Air Force officer.

His sister, Ashley Young, wrote in her letter to the judge that Young struggled with depression for years, but that it got worse after his father died.

“When our father died, I saw the light inside Nick go dim,” she wrote.

“This was . . . born out of Nick Young’s loneliness,” Ashley Young said.

Prosecutors told they court they disagreed with his family’s assessment.

“The unfortunate fact is that he has an attraction to depravity that cannot rationally be explained,” they wrote.

“We expect police officers to protect and serve,” prosecutors John Gibbs and Gordon Kromberg wrote in court filings, according to the Washington Post.

“We do not expect them to thwart investigations of terrorist plots, or to advise others how to do so. We do not expect them to try to send money to terrorists, or advise others how to join,” they wrote.

At sentencing, the judge acknowledged the letters of support from Young’s family and friends, but said it wasn’t enough.

“You strike everybody as a very mild-mannered person. You present yourself as a patriot. We can’t look inside a human being. I have to look at the evidence,” Brinkema said.

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bronx163
bronx163

This shit bag should be put on death row. We are at war right now for ost 16 yrs with these islamic savages.
Aiding the enemy during time of war is treason. And punishable by death during
time of war.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
Islamic savages?

We've had 6 school shootings this year, and its only February. How many of those were committed by Muslims?

bronx163
bronx163

Whats your point?
The post is about supporting islamic savage terrorist organization.
Ohhh i get it. Your a black muslim. Did i hit a nerve Malcom X?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
The point is, there is active domestic terrorism happening right now in schools, but youre focused on a threat that is, by and large, under control.

For some reason, you seem to conveniently ignore the enemy at the gate.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
And don't ever assign a religion to me, clown. You are all silly for fighting over whose Sky Father is more powerful.

Though I do dig you comparing me to Malcolm X. I don't deserve it, but much appreciated.

bronx163
bronx163

Did i hurt your feelings.
Oost was about American sending money and aide to isis. And yes they are islamic savages.
You bring up race of school shooters. School shooters come in many forms. Wh hispanic blast weak they caught Asian American
With glock 19 and was about to commit murder.
So you are the clown. There are many inner city school shootings but are not talked about, because its an every day occurance.

bronx163
bronx163

Malcom X was a terrorist and a racist who advicated to shoot the white man and white society. And thats why he was eliminated by the government.
Disgrace they name streets after this guy.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
But you mentioned race first, don't forget.

And yes, plenty of others have been stopped from shooting up schools, but go a little further in your research. How many successful school shooters this year were muslim?

bronx163
bronx163

Retard islamic is not a race. Get an education.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
Malcolm X advocated shooting to protect yourself. You know, like everyone who supports the 2nd Amendment does.

Trump
Trump

Many of his fellow police officers were uncomfortable with his social media rants about the government and openness about being a Nazi reenactor. He also began to grow a long beard.

Trump
Trump

Looks like many more such officers are hiding in plain sight!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
You are correct, Islam is not a race. But Muslim is definitely a racial sect. Thats why I said Muslim.

bronx163
bronx163

Muslim is a religion not a race. Only the oeft classifies it as race. Total bs.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
And Malcolm X ended up being about brotherhood. That's probably why he ended up being assassinated.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lds719
Not always. Just like there are Jews that don't practice Judaism. Jewish can be both an ethnic segment and a prsctice in Judaism.

lds719
lds719

Always wrong. If you are Muslim, you practice Islam. Look it up. Someone needs to send you a dictionary.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lds719
Really? Aziz Ansari is Muslim, but doesn't practice Islam. Neither does former Muslim pornstar, Mia Khalifa.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lds719
I guess that puts a dent in your "always wrong" statement, huh?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
Probably so. But that means you on the right can only think in binary terms.

lds719
lds719

Aziz Ansari is not a Muslim. He is an Indian born of Muslim parents. Since he does not practice Islam, he is not a Muslim, he is Indian. Race and religion are too completely different things. You're too stupid to argue with. No dent in "you are always wrong". Continue your stupidity. I don't have time for you to wiggle your way around the truth with nonsensical comments that are sure to come.

lds719
lds719

To be more specific, he is an American of Indian descent. Just because your parents practice a certain religion, it does not make you a participant in that religion, unless you choose to practice that religion. Religion is not inherited. Race is.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lds719
Now, you don't know what you're talking about. Indian is not a race. It's a nationality.

Muslim is also not a race, but it is a racial sect, a culture, and a heritage.

Please go back and find where I called Muslim a race.

bronx163
bronx163

He advocated rebellion against wh america.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@bronx163
He advocated black empowerment.

You say tomato, I say tomahto.

Snooker
Snooker

So if a Muslim converts to Christianity, is he or she still a Muslim? No, they are a citizen of whatever country they reside in.

bronx163
bronx163

Nonsense Apples and Oranges.

bronx163
bronx163

He advocated taking up arms and violence.
He was marked a ntional security threat and neutralized. He determined his own demise.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Snooker
What? There is no country called "Muslim".what are you talking about?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Snooker
You just said Indians are not of Indian nationality. Let that sink in.

Divadeb
Divadeb

I don't think I could ever understand why any American would betray their country to help/join Terrorists. A known fact in the Muslim/Islamic faith,even if you convert,you are still considered an infidel bc you're not born a Muslim. You are mere slaves if you convert,the cowards have no loyalty to anyone who converts they simply want you to their dirty work& end your life carrying out suicide missions in the name of their God. Their lies of 70 virgins& forgiveness is all radical BS. Yet they try to infect you with guilt.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn that would make them a non-muslim. Just because they were brought up by muslim parents does not make them muslim. Os, and supposed ed-u-k-ted ones too.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn I don't think you would know binary if it hit you in the face.

b1rd
b1rd

@Hi_estComnDenomn surprised you agree.