EPD: Man arrested after threatening public officials

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EVANSVILLE, Ind (WEHT) An Evansville man is in jail after authorities say he threatened several police officers and the mayor of Evansville.

Evansville Police say Ebon Ellis, 25, made threats against EPD Officer Phil Smith, Chief Billy Bolin, and Mayor Lloyd Winnecke in a Facebook live around 3 a.m. Wednesday. In that video, EPD says Ellis called for others to carry out acts of violence against the public officials. In a separate video later Wednesday morning, police say Ellis also made threats against Evansville City Council President Alex Burton.

“I Know that two of the victims in this had somewhat of a social media relationship with Mr. Ellis and they’ve been watching his Facebook videos for a while now and it’s been kind of going in that direction,” said Sgt. Nick Winsett with the Evansville Police Department.

When Ellis was arrested, police say he continued to make threats to public officials. Ellis is facing 4 counts of felony intimidation. He is being held in the Vanderburgh County Detention Center without bond.

“With social media, you really have to use caution when you make your videos, with what you post and what you put out there. Obviously you have freedom of speech and you can say what you want, as long as it doesn’t come to the level where you’re threatening other people’s lives,” said Winsett.

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(This story was originally published on July 8, 2020)


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