Texas man arrested by FBI for allegedly threatening to kill Black Lives Matter protesters

Texas man arrested by FBI for allegedly threatening to kill Black Lives Matter protesters
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FBI agents arrested a man from Texas on Monday after he allegedly uploaded a video containing numerous threats targeting Black Lives Matter protesters to YouTube.

In a press release, the Justice Department announced that Manuel Flores, a 42-year-old El Paso man, would face one charge of transmitting a deadly threat over the internet. He was arrested near Dallas on Monday "without incident," according to the release.

"During the video, the defendant is seated visible only from the knees down with what appears to be an AR-15 style rifle resting on the defendant’s feet. Flores stated that he would be travelling on I-20 Eastbound through Dallas on Monday while daring individuals representing Black Lives Matter to 'stop him,' " the press release states.

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In the video, Flores reportedly went on to claim that he hoped to kill as many as 200 people, while using racist language to describe demonstrators.

"Our office will treat any threats of violence against protesters extremely seriously," U.S. Attorney John Bash added in a statement released on Twitter.

Flores's arrest comes as cities in Texas and every other U.S. state have seen protests erupt over the police killings of George Floyd and other black Americans. Video of Floyd's arrest sparked widespread demonstrations after it was revealed that a white officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd pleaded for help.

Protesters have faced violent responses from law enforcement in some areas, resulting in groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union calling for further investigations for human rights abuses.