Prosecutors drop charges against man accused of Twitter threats
Tweet prompted UE baseball game cancellation
Last Updated: 87 days ago
EVANSVILLE, Ind. - The Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday dropped intimidation charges against a man accused of making threatening remarks via the social media outlet Twitter, the Evansville Courier and Press reported.
Naquan Powell, 25, was charged with two felony counts of intimidation. The charges stemmed from two April 16 Twitter messages that investigators traced back to Powell, according to court records.
One of the comments prompted UE to cancel a baseball game scheduled for that evening.
According to the Evansville Police Department, Powell wrote: “We can’t get any type of mental health help in this damn town. I bet they’d wanna help us if we shoot up a @UEAthletics game tho.”
Moments earlier, another message from the same user account said: “Can’t get evaluated for mental health in Evansville, Indiana until we shoot up @EvansvillePD apparently.”
In May, defense attorney John Brinson filed a motion to dismiss, arguing that the intimidation charges did not fit because the charge did not state what actions the Twitter remarks were allegedly attempting to force UE or the police department to do against their will -- a component of the intimidation statute.
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