NewsAmerica in Crisis


Kentucky man accused of going on FB Live, threatening to shoot cops for money

Posted at 10:08 AM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 10:08:38-04

LOUSIVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville, Kentucky man is facing federal charges after he allegedly went on Facebook Live to solicit money in exchange for gunning down a police officer.

Cortez Lamont Edwards, 29, is accused of recording himself live with an assault rifle on.

In the video recorded on September 23, Edwards says he would shoot a Louisville Metro Police officer if his followers payed him $30,000.

Officers were apparently near his home for some kind of disturbance, at the time the video was made.

Four days later, federal agents showed up at his house with a search and seizure warrant.

They found Edwards sleeping on his sofa with a Glock pistol by his side, and a toddler in a playpen.

Edwards was arrested and charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

He was previously convicted in 2019 on a drug trafficking and weapons charge.

"Louisville needs healing and safety for its citizens, not armed felons seeking bids to shoot police," said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. "Federal law enforcement here will continue to respond as one to swiftly mitigate threats to our city."

If convicted, Edwards faces a maximum 10-years in prison and quarter-million dollar fine.