The political turmoil over the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is unlike anything we have seen in the past several decades in America. Over Thursday and Friday, U.S. Capitol Police arrested an incredible 401 individuals who were protesting and demonstrating representatives who have vowed to vote in favor of confirming Kavanaugh. Most of the individuals have been charged with crimes like obstructing, crowding or incommoding, but there have been some arrests for possession of marijuana and assault.
Incredibly, another arrest was made when one adamant intern decided to publicly post some representative’s private information online. Now, one 53-year-old Floridian, James Royal Patrick Jr., has also been arrested in his home after making several social media death threats against certain politicians.
Patrick allegedly posted onto Facebook that he would kill any politician who voted against confirming Kavanaugh. The threats were intimidating and eventually he posted again, “I am ready and will know who needs to be killed after the vote to put Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court.” Several concerned social media users reached out to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office about the posts, so officers were quickly able to obtain both a search and arrest warrant on the suspect.
Polk County Officers arrived at the suspects home. A brief search uncovered numerous firearms and boxes of ammunition. Patrick had posted on social media about plans he had when the police arrived. He had claimed he was ready to use lethal force against officers, but his fictional scenario never played out. He was taken into custody without incident, and he quickly claimed he never had any intentions of acting in the manner he portrayed online. He is being held on a $500,000 bond.