Sheriff’s Office investigates threats to local law enforcement made via social media

by | July 11, 2016 3:09 pm

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by several concerned citizens in regards to online threats made towards law enforcement officers in Emanuel County.

Investigators with the Sheriff’s Office were able to independently search and verify the threats on Facebook and also identify the account holder. Shortly after that, Sheriff’s deputies and officers from the Swainsboro Police Department located and arrested Kasheema Tachel Wadley, of a Swainsboro address, without incident. She is currently charged with the felony offense of Terroristic Threats and Acts and is being held in the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Detention Center.

In some of the posts collected by investigators as evidence, there is the suggestion for violence during traffic stops and at the homes of officers. The suspect also insinuates that she wanted to start a “purge,” presumably influenced by the movie of the same name, in which lawlessness and random violence is justified for a certain period of time.

On Monday, July 11, Wadley appeared before Chief Superior Court Judge Kathy S. Palmer for her first appearance hearing. During the hearing, Wadley was notified of the charges pending against her and assigned legal counsel. Judge Palmer denied an initial bond for Wadley and bound the case over to the next grand jury for indictment.

Sheriff Stephens wished to express his sincere gratitude to the concerned citizens who initially provided this information and to the community as a whole for the continued support to law enforcement and all public safety within Emanuel County.

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