Christopher Stephen Brown, 37, a man hailing from Amarillo, Texas, is facing up to five years in federal prison, for directing death threats at three rabbis.
According to a statement published by the office of the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Chad E. Meacham, Brown is charged with interstate threatening communications after he allegedly repeatedly contacted Chabad, calling for the death of all Jews, threatening to murder members of the Beit Din (Jewish court) and sending a link to his YouTube channel, on which he said Chabad’s chairman, vice chairman and the son of another member of the organization must die.
Threatening to tear out the eyes and tongues of rabbis and kill as many as he can. Brown then contacted Chabad yet again, threatening to “blow their heads off.”
“Mr. Brown’s antisemitic statements were both disgusting and unlawful. The First Amendment may guarantee the right to make hateful remarks, but it does not allow for specific threats of violence against individuals,” Meacham said, adding that the circumstances of Brown’s arrest were further evidence that he posed a threat.
According to reports, when police went to Brown’s residence to apprehend him, he resisted arrest, and his girlfriend, 28-year-old Rebekah Jones engaged physically with the law enforcement officers, aiming a gun at an FBI agent who then successfully disarmed her.