Examples: [Collected via e-mail, May 2013]
Meet Cameron D'Ambrosio. He's 18 and lives in a small town outside Boston. He wants to be a rapper and calls himself "Cammy Dee" in his YouTube videos.
Oh, and he's been locked up without bail for weeks — facing terrorism charges and
On May 1st, Cam was skipping school and messing around online. He posted some lyrics that included a vague reference to the Boston Marathon Bombing and called the Whitehouse a "federal house of horror." Shortly after that he was arrested and charged with Communicating a Terrorist Threat, a felony that carries
The post contained no specific threat of violence against any person or group of people, and in the context of the rest of the lyrics and Cams' rap persona, it was clearly nothing more than a metaphor. A search of Cam's house found NO evidence that he was planning any violence, but a judge still ordered him held without bail for the next
Origins: On 1 May 2013, Cameron D'Ambrosio, an 18-year-old student from Methuen High School (about
"He posted a threat in the form of rap where he mentioned the White House, the Boston Marathon bombing, and said 'everybody you will see what I am going to do, kill people.'"
The police chief says that D'Ambrosio faces up to
"I do want to make clear he did not make a specific threat against the school or any particular individuals but he did threaten to kill a bunch of people and specifically mentioned the Boston Marathon and the White House. The threat was disturbing enough for us to act and I think our officers did the right thing."
The bomb threat allegedly made by D'Ambrosio was a Facebook posting where he bragged: "F*** a boston bomb wait till u see the s*** I do, I'm be famous rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me!"
D'Ambrosio had disturbing photos and posts on his Facebook page including Fuck politics, Fuck Obama and Fuck the government!!.
He also had a "disturbing satanic photo" posted as well as a photo of himself on a 'Wanted Poster" that reads 'Wanted Dead or Alive." A quick perusal of his Facebook page shows D'Ambrosio's unusual interest in gangs, violence and a criminal lifestyle.
The reports included D'Ambrosio's arrest in June 2012 after a fight over $20 with his older sister, who called police after locking herself in her room. During the argument, D'Ambrosio pushed her and, after she locked herself in her bedroom, threatened to stab her, according to the arrest report
Rooney said she also was troubled by a police report from November 2011, which said D'Ambrosio threatened to shoot two eighth-grade students. Police said he admitted to making that statement, but was only kidding
One argument is that the post, which included a vague boast of outdoing the Marathon bombing and killing people to get respect, is a threat to commit violence and the latest in a series of threats from the young man. Another is that the post is the expression of an artist using rap's egotistical swaggering style and a reflection of a violent culture and world, giving D'Ambrosio’s post protection under the First Amendment.
Complicating D’Ambrosio's case, roughly 40 students came to Methuen High School associate principal James Weymouth and other administrators on
On 7 June 2013, a judge ordered D'Ambrosio to be released immediately after the grand jury in the case chose not to indict him.
Last updated: 7 June 2013
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