A teenager is behind bars after making threats to harm the community, like the man accused of shooting in Memphis.
Reginald Williams, 18, has been charged with Commission on Terrorism, Civil Rights Intimidation, Disorderly Conduct and Harassment, court records show.
On September 8, the Memphis Police Department (MPD) received a tip from a woman after she claimed to have seen a video on social media of a man threatening those who were going to attend Eliza Fletcher’s memorial service. the affidavit said.
According to an affidavit, the threats caused concern among people in the community who feared for their lives.
Multiple people called and reported to MPD about the same video and public safety.
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Officials identified the man as Williams.
According to the affidavit, in the video, Williams stated:
“I’m going to go ahead and go Zeek Mode in nothing but white. I catch some white h** on the sidewalk, you’re gonna pop tonight. He already shot a white old man. I’m gonna shoot some old white lady sh**… while her grandkids are in the car.”
After that comment, the video stopped, the affidavit said.
The same day the video was posted, police say Ezekiel Kelly was involved in several shootings across the city.
Because of the nature of the events involving Kelly, and the video Williams posted, it caused concern and fear in the community and officials began to investigate the situation further, records show.
On September 9, officials contacted Williams’ father, who said he would bring his son to the Memphis Gang Unit (MGU) office to speak with investigators.
Williams arrived and was questioned by MGU detectives and national security.
Williams was informed of his Miranda rights, which he waived and agreed to speak to investigators, records show.
During the interview, Williams gave a full admission statement, saying he was the person making the threats in the video.
According to the affidavit, Williams said he made those threats because of the comment on his Facebook post about Zeek, and Williams said the comment was made by a “white lady,” which made him angry and go live on Facebook.
Williams also told investigators there was a gun in the car with him at the time of the live video broadcast, but he did not intend to kill anyone, the report said.
The teenager also said the gun was his, but later gave it up when he realized police were looking for him.
According to the affidavit, investigators asked Williams if he was the person who came up with the term “Zeek Mode,” and he said he did and that it meant “going and killing random people.”
When asked by investigators if he was an active gang member, Williams said he was an active member of the “400” and that he was a “Crip,” the affidavit said.
Williams told police he had been involved with the “Crip” gang since he was about 13 or 14, reports said.
According to reports, investigators asked Williams what the “Mgng” at the beginning of his Facebook profile name stood for, and Williams said it meant “my gang not gang.”
Williams is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 12 and bond information is not available.
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