Schuette: Detroit Man Who Made Threats to the Lives of Police Officers Sentenced

Contact: Andrea Bitely, Megan Hawthorne; 517-373-8060

April 10, 2018

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that Nheru Littleton, 41, of Detroit, has been sentenced to five years probation. The first 10 months of probation will be served in the Wayne County Jail. Littleton pleaded guilty in February 2018 on one felony count of Making a Terrorist Threat. He was charged with that crime as a result of social media posts that threatened the lives of police officers.

Littleton was sentenced on April 10, 2018 before Judge Vonda Evans in the 3rd Circuit Court in Detroit.

“The men and women in law enforcement across the state have a difficult job without the added threat of an unprovoked attack,” said Schuette. “Cops put themselves in danger to protect our safety and I will continue to treat threats against them with the highest level of caution and prosecute anyone who makes such senseless threats.”

“I am certainly appreciative of the partnership of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and his office.” said Chief James Craig. “Any violence directed towards a police officer is a crime and should be taken seriously.  A threat against a police officer is a threat against all of us. When left unchecked it gives the perception that it’s acceptable and can send the wrong message to those who want to harm us.” 

Charges against Littleton were upheld through multiple motions and appeals. A motion to dismiss was filed in the district court which was denied. A preliminary examination was held in the district court, and the defendant was bound over to circuit court for trial. Littleton then brought a motion to quash in the Circuit Court, Judge Vonda Evans denied this motion. Littleton then filed an appeal with the Michigan Court of Appeals which ruled the terrorism charge could proceed. Littleton then filed an appeal with the State Supreme Court, who declined to hear the request and sent the case back to trial court.

CASE BACKGROUND

Between July 8-9, 2016, Littleton allegedly posted numerous direct threats to law enforcement officers on social media. With more than 500 Facebook friends, Littleton’s posts received attention and were reported to the Dearborn Police Department by a Michigan resident.

The Dearborn Police Department then issued a Law Enforcement Information Network message to all area law enforcement agencies indicating that a significant threat had been made to the lives of police officers. 

The suspect had described himself as a “Former Killing Machine at United States Marine Corps” on social media, and has a valid Concealed Pistol License and owns a Smith and Wesson .45 caliber firearm.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig brought the case to Schuette for review after law enforcement agencies in multiple counties responded to the threats. Upon learning of the threats, more than a dozen police officers from multiple police agencies searched for Littleton.

On July 7, 2016, a day before Littleton made his threats, the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent a nationwide bulletin to law enforcement warning of online messaging that could inspire attacks against police.

The threats allegedly posted by Littleton include the following:

7/8/16: “To those sniper’s in Texas, I commend your bravery and actions!!! #blacklivesmatter.”

7/8/16: “All lives can’t matter until Black Lives matter!!!!  Kill all white cops!!!”

7/8/16: “Kill all white cops!!!”

7/8/16: “Kill all white cops!!!”

7/8/16:  “F   that!!! Nobody called for prayer after Alton Sterling got shot to death!!! F    them police!!!!”

7/8/16: “Yes!!! #blacklivesmatter #purgeoncops”

7/8/16: “Why isn’t that white man shot dead!!! #wakeupblackpeople # itsnotagame”

7/8/16: If these racist a   white cops want to PURGE on Black Lives!!! Then let’s PURGE on these racist    a   white cops!!! I’m sick of this s  !!! If you don’t like what I said, UNFRIEND ME!!!! #rugonberue”

7/9/16: “F   them racist a   white cops!!! Kill them ALL!!! Black Lives Matter!!! Black people should start killing all white cops just like they killing us!!! Then and only then will this s   stop!!! Why you ask? Because white people will be dropping like flies!!!”

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