Jabari Dean, who allegedly threatened to murder 16 white people at the University of Chicago on Monday, is now safe in his mom’s home.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Cox discharged Dean, 21, into the custody of his mother, Kikuyu Dorsey, on Tuesday, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
Judge Cox told Dorsey she would be responsible to alert authorities if her son violates any provisions of the pretrial release. Among those provisions: Dean must undergo a psychological evaluation and abstain from drugs and alcohol. He must also avoid the Internet unless he needs to access it for reasons related to his UIC coursework.
Dean, a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago, explained to the judge that he mainly used the Internet on the UIC campus west of downtown Chicago.
It’s not clear if Dean was on the UIC campus when, according to investigators, he threatened to shoot 16 white people to death at the nearby University of Chicago. Wherever he was, Dean allegedly wrote on the website worldstarhiphop.com:
This is my only warning. At 10 a.m. on Monday mourning (sic) I am going to the campus quad of the University of Chicago. I will be armed with a M-4 Carbine and 2 Desert Eagles all fully loaded. I will execute aproximately (sic) 16 white male students and or staff, which is the same number of time (sic) Mcdonald (sic) was killed. I then will die killing any number of white policemen that I can in the process. This is not a joke. I am to do my part to rid the world of the white devils. I expect you to do the same . . .
At Tuesday’s hearing, Dean’s attorney stood between him and his mother, Dorsey. Mother and son didn’t make a lot of eye contact, the Sun-Times notes.
Dorsey was concerned that media coverage concerning Dean’s alleged mass murder threats might negatively affect his employment prospects. She also did not want her son to remain bereft of the Internet for “the rest of his life.”
The judge said the pretrial condition would be lifted at some point after the case is resolved.
Dean’s threats caused the University of Chicago to be shut down on Monday. The South Side school held no classes and was largely a ghost town for the entire day.
Investigators say Dean quickly deleted his threat on worldstarhiphop.com. However, a concerned reader took a screenshot and alerted authorities.
An assistant U.S. attorney said on Monday that Dean did not have the capability to pull off a mass campus murder. Investigators found no guns in his home.
Dean’s uncle described his nephew as a “stupid kid” with little to do.
When Dean wrote “Mcdonald,” he was referring to Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old black teenager who was shot 16 times and killed by white police officer Jason Van Dyke last year. A smattering of protests broke out last week in Chicago after a judge ordered the release of a dashcam video of the incident. (RELATED: Chicago Black Friday Protesters Briefly Shut Down Stores, Barricade And Shove Shoppers)
Van Dyke has been indicted on a single charge of first-degree murder. If convicted, he will likely be sentenced to a prison term of 20 years to life.
The dashcam video showing McDonald’s death is painful to watch. It shows McDonald, who had a knife, walking away from police officers.
Dean’s school, the University of Illinois at Chicago, is, of course, most famous as the longtime professorial home of Bill Ayers, the son of a Commonwealth Edison CEO who co-founded the Weather Underground, a communist revolutionary group, and saw his laughably incompetent Weather Underground pals die in a self-imposed bomb explosion. (RELATED: TERRORIST UNIVERSITY: The University of Illinois System Keeps Hiring Terrorists)