Brandon Ziobrowski of Cambridge had reportedly posted an announcement on his social media account encouraging his followers to take the life of an ICE agent in exchange for cash – a clear and present threat that a local jury ultimately determined to be "protected speech" under the First Amendment.
Even as social media companies like Facebook aggressively de-platform users for posting truthful information about vaccines that goes against the official government narrative, Ziobrowski was given a free pass to continue running his mouth online – could it be because he's a member of a protected societal class?
We won't speculate any further on that angle, but one thing is for sure: Ziobrowski obviously hates federal law enforcement officials who are tasked with addressing illegal immigration. As a typical American liberal, Ziobrowski presumably believes that "no human is illegal" – except for humans who work at ICE, however, whom he believes should be extinguished.
"It seemed like the right verdict," Ziobrowski is quoted as saying as he walked out of the court room completely vindicated for making these online threats. "It's been a horrible year. I'm glad it's over."
Had Ziobrowski been convicted of using interstate and foreign commerce to transmit a threat, he could have ended up in prison for up to five years, as well as forced to pay a $250,000 fine. But because it's now "politically correct" to wish for the death of ICE agents, Ziobrowski was set free.
"We respect the jury's verdict. But in this case, the defendant posted a tweet that, on its face, offered $500 to anyone who killed a federal agent," stated U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling in a follow-up statement to the decision.
"In 2019, over 100 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty. The public needs to know that, regardless of today's verdict, we will never hesitate to prosecute threats against law enforcement officers."
Keep in mind that Ziobrowski's offending tweet wasn't an isolated incident. The guy has reportedly tweeted and shared all sorts of offensive content on social media that, were Ziobrowski a conservative, would have at the very least warranted him being shadow-banned or removed from social media entirely, if not prosecuted and actually sent to prison for "hate speech."
We don't know about you, but we think offering money in exchange for murder is about as hateful as it gets. And yet it's not the right kind of hate as to warrant the same type of punishment that 30-year-old Adolfo Martinez from Ames, Iowa, received after he was convicted of – gasp! – stealing an LGBTQ "rainbow" flag from a local "church" and burning it.
Martinez received a whopping 16 years in prison for this "hate crime," even though nobody and nothing was harmed besides the cheap made-in-China piece of cloth. Meanwhile, Ziobrowski offers to pay off a bounty hunter, essentially, and is let off the hook completely because the leftist jury in his case apparently loves homosexuals and hates ICE – meaning Ziobrowski's hate is the "acceptable" kind.
"What would happen if someone tweeted an offer to have him deleted?" asked one Fox News commenter about a scenario in which the tables were turned.
"This is considered free speech? Then what about the Confederate monuments," asked another.
"To threaten someone is acceptable but to be offended or to be perceived to be called a name is bigoted and hateful? There is no way to logically reason with these people because logic does not exist in their mind."
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