Social media threat to officer leads to arrest

Social media threat to officer leads to arrest

YUMA, Ariz. – A Yuma man is in police custody after allegedly threatening to kill a Yuma Police Officer on social media.

Police say Alexander Bodine made comments on social media to kill the Yuma Police Officer who was working undercover enforcing traffic laws on Fourth Avenue.

The incident occurred on Thursday June, 16th around noon. Police say Bodine was using a fake social media account but they were able to identify him after an investigation. Bodine was contacted at his residence, taken into custody and later booked in the Yuma County Jail.

In a press release from the Yuma Police Department they stated, “The Yuma Police Department acknowledges that the 1st Amendment gives the right to free speech but that does not include a threat to take the life of another person whether a private citizen or a police officer.  When a threat to cause bodily harm to anyone is posted on social media it will be taken seriously and investigated.”

The undercover officer was able to assist other officers in 47 traffic violations in one day.

 

 

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Denelle Confair graduated with her Bachelors from Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Broadcast and Mass Communication. She got her first on air reporter job for the NBC affiliate in Montana. After her time there she reported for the NBC affiliate in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. In Texas she covered multiple stories on the Gulf Cartel and immigration. Now she says she's glad to be back in her home state of Arizona. In her free time she enjoys hiking and writing. For story ideas you can email her at denelle.confair@kswt.com or find her on Facebook.

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