POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. - The Powder Springs Police Department has arrested a man on Monday who they say made "terroristic threats" toward police officers.
Joshua James Bolieiro was arrested and booked into the Cobb County Jail on Monday for making terroristic threats against police on Facebook. The 38-year-old man was arrested after showing up at the Powder Springs Police Department to speak to investigators Monday afternoon, apparently unaware police had issued a warrant for his arrest.
The 38-year-old man was arrested after showing up at the Powder Springs Police Department to speak to investigators Monday afternoon, apparently unaware police had issued a warrant for his arrest.
"My original posts weren't my true feelings. I really don't want any police officers to die," Bolieiro told FOX 5's Deidra Dukes. Dukes spoke exclusively with Bolieiro at his family's Powder Springs home before he drove to the police department. He admitted writing Facebook posts threatening to kill Georgia law enforcement officers.
"I did type those words. Absolutely," said Bolieiro.
Bolieiro later posted a video on Facebook, in which he stated he never intended to harm law enforcement officers.
"I don't mean any of those words. I said them to generate, to generate attention really," he said.
Bolieiro claims he wanted to drive people to his Facebook page with the initial inflammatory posts so he could share his concerns about issues like police brutality with a broad audience. The alarming posts quickly went viral.
Bolieiro shared a video titled "Police Department Bloodbath Continues," and posted a comment, which reads, "The next police officer that speaks to me will die. You cops better resign, because if you speak to me, I will consider that a threat, and I will defend myself, in the manner that you guys defend yourselves. I will shoot first, and I will have no guilt."
"If you are a police officer in Georgia, I suggest you pray to your god Satan that you don't accidentally speak to me," He continued in a second comment. "You will just have to roll the dice with every single traffic stop. Im (sic) aiming to kill ANY police officer that dares speak to me, with absolutely zero questions for you. You speak, you. Its (sic) that simple. Go ahead and test me. See how far you get."
Those Facebook posts have now been removed and replaced with a video where Bolieiro attempted to explain his statements.
"Lots of people have been contacting me saying there's better ways to handle it, maybe you didn't have to do that. I disagree. I strongly disagree. I don't agree we should be just going around killing police officers. I don't plan on killing anybody," he said.
Police in Manchester, New Hampshire, where Bolieiro lived until just a few weeks ago, confirmed to FOX 5 News they alerted Powder Springs Police to the Facebook posts on Saturday.
Powder Springs Police confirmed Monday morning, they had launched an investigation. A few hours later, Bolieiro showed up at the police department apparently unaware an arrest warrant had just been issued for his arrest.