Alvaro Eduardo Guzman-Telles (pictured) is reportedly being accused of threatening to behead New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo, the Caucasian cop who placed an unarmed African-American Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold last summer and who was not charged in his death, according to The Detroit News.
The Detroit-area man is accused in a federal indictment of making the threats, then reportedly posting them in a public forum—his Facebook page—for all to see. The case has been turned over to the FBI and according to the branch’s Special Agent Juan Herrera.
Guzman-Telles posted the following threat on his social media page:
“I’m going to personally kill and behead Daniel Pantaleo. This is a written threat and has to be taken extremely seriously.”
Pantaleo was the plainclothes officer who on July 17 of last year jumped to place Garner in a chokehold takedown move when he went to arrest the father of six for peddling loose cigarettes in Staten Island, New York. That aggressive (and illegal) police move was fatefully caught on tape, and led to Garner’s death. After a grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo, the decision set off a wave of protests across the nation.
FBI investigators reportedly spoke to Guzman-Telles’s mother, Norma Telles, who advised her son to take down the Facebook page threats states the news outlet. The young man’s father, Victor Guzman, insists his son is innocent and should not be muffled or punished when he was just exercising his first amendment rights. After delving further, police stumbled upon yet another alleged threat by Guzman-Telles and this time, it was aimed at all law enforcement: “Kill all cops on sight. No matter the circumstances.”
Guzman Telles, who does not have a rap sheet but who does possess three handguns, all registered to him, could face up to five years in prison if found guilty of the charges. He is currently being held without bond.