30-Year-Old Former Overland Park Police Officer Charged With Making Online Threat
30-year-old Rodney Lee Wilson, a former Overland Park police officer, has been charged with posting a threatening Facebook comment on a Dallas woman’s Facebook page. The incident was reported earlier this year and Wilson was fired after that.
He was charged with a felony count of criminal threat in Johnson County District Court.
According to jail records, Wilson turned himself in to Johnson County authorities on Friday. He now lived in San Diego.
His initial court appearance was scheduled on Friday afternoon, and his next court appearance is scheduled to be held on 8 December.
The threatening comment appeared on LaNaydra Williams Facebook page. She said she didn’t know Wilson. In the Facebook post, Wilson allegedly appeared to reference the Black Lives Matter movement. It came after the ambush killing of several Dallas police officers.
According to Williams, the comment appeared on her Facebook page in response to some pictures she posted of her daughter in 2014.
“We’ll see how much her life matters soon. Better be careful leaving your info open where she can be found 🙂 Hold her close tonight it’ll be the last time,” read the post.
According to Robb Edmonds, Wilson’s attorney, his client deeply regrets his conduct.
“At the same time these allegations are not consistent with his true character. We are hopeful we can reach a resolution that all parties believe is fair,” said Edmonds.
An investigation was opened by the Overland Park police after they learned of the post. An announcement was made later the same day stating that Wilson had been terminated.
According to Williams, Police Chief Francis Donchez Jr. called her to apologize to her.
A written statement was also released by the chief the same day stating, “I want to assure our community, and those outside our community, that our highest priority is the safety and welfare of the citizens of Overland Park, and the men and women who protect everyone.”
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