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Tuscaloosa Police make arrests in relation to racist threat online

Arrest in Tuscaloosa following social media threat
Published: Jun. 23, 2022 at 8:40 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2022 at 6:17 PM CDT
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Police make arrests after a student from a West Alabama community college is accused of threatening to shoot Black people. The threat was made in a video, according to officials.

Tuscaloosa Police confirm charging someone within hours of being notified.

A Tuscaloosa Police spokeswoman tells me they were notified by the public and administrators at Shelton State Community College on June 23. Soon afterwards, a student was booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

Authorities say 20 year-old Sydney Angela Holder was charged with disorderly conduct in relation to a statement made on social media Wednesday.

Officers say they interviewed Holder at police headquarters and later charged her.

UPDATE: TPD investigators have charged a second person in relation to the social media post. Emily Elizabeth Cornett, 20, was charged Friday with disorderly conduct. She was jailed on the misdemeanor charge Friday afternoon with bond set at $500. Sydney Angela Holder, 20, was charged with disorderly conduct on Thursday. She has been released from the Tuscaloosa County Jail after posting $500 bond.

Lisa Young, President of Tuscaloosa County’s NAACP branch, says concerned students who share a class with Holder came forward.

In the video, Holder is accused of using a racial slur, threatening to shoot Black people and shows a gun.

Young says she contacted by administrators at Shelton State and the police as soon as she was notified.

“We live in a country where in the past 30 days, we’ve had over 50 incidents of gun violence, of mass shootings. And people are walking around terrorized. They feel terrorized so, I actually considered it a domestic terrorist threat,” said Young.

Shelton State Community College released the following statement concerning the incident:

“Shelton State Community College is currently working with the Tuscaloosa Police Department regarding a recent social media incident. The College is fully participating with law enforcement’s investigation and is dedicated to upholding its institutional values of integrity, accountability, respect, and responsiveness.

Shelton State remains committed to maintaining a safe environment for all.”

Any additional questions should be directed to the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

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