Rookie Delaware Police Officer Fired for Threatening to Kill Victim
Less than a year into the job, a Delaware cop was arrested for making terrorist threats against a citizen, who was only trying to help another citizen file a complaint against police.
“I’m going to call my boys and have them come and lock you up,” Wilmington police officer Julian Michel told the victim, threatening to arrest him for disorderly conduct.
“I’m going to kill that motherfucker,” Michel threatened, pointing at the victim. “I’m going to shoot you.”
Michel was off-duty, but identified himself as a Wilmington police officer, which made the victim fear for his life, knowing he was armed, according to The News Journal.
The incident was captured on video by another witness, which led to Michel’s arrest on a charge of terrorist threatening, which is only a misdemeanor unless the victim is at least 62 years old.
Wilmington police fired Michel but have not released the video. However, we have already made a public records request for the video, so we’ll see how long it takes for them to comply.
We are also trying to find out what the original complaint was about, which led to Michel making these terrorist threats.
Another witness came forth supporting the victim’s story and even provided video recording of the incident, where Michel is seen driving up to the victim and confronting the unidentified man.
Michel, 26, was hired by the Wilmington Police Department in December 2014 and graduated from the Police Academy on May 2015.
Apparently, Michel did not have any other complaints or past reports of wrongdoing in his file since first working with the Wilmington Police Department. He also never got around to winning any departmental awards.
But he has a whole lifetime ahead of him to find another job at another department.
The News Journal reports that Michel’s next court hearing is set for Feb. 19.