Social media has rules, like you can’t threaten people with violence. Most people understand the terms and conditions. However, there are instances where people ignore them – and have to face the consequences.
A 19-year-old teen in Florida, Lazaro Lesteiro-Diaz, was brought in after the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) notified the police of the threats being made.
Lesteiro-Diaz made threats against a number of racial groups, including Columbians, Nicaraguans, blacks, and even “all types of Indian people.” The police took the threats so seriously because the tweets contain specific locations where the teen was going to commit the murders.
Some of the tweets even contain photos where he is being shown holding handguns and high-powered rifles. After being charged with a second-degree felony for posting written threats to commit murder, he landed himself in jail. He’s being held on a $75,000 bond.
There are quite a few tweets to sort out when it comes to Lesteiro-Diaz, including one where he claims he’s not a legal citizen. He said that, since he’s not a citizen, he can commit murder and get deported back to his country where he can, then, “tweet and get litty.”
On Christmas day, Lesteiro-Diaz shared a tweet to say that his brain looks like the brain of a serial killer psychopath. Perhaps the more terrifying aspect is that he truly believes this, identifying that he feels no “pity or emotion” when it comes to hurting someone. He even shared that “in my eyes” humans are mosquitoes.
The teen is also an aspiring rap artist, so perhaps he believes that making the threats toward various racial groups is the way to get noticed. Whether he planned on following through with the threats or not isn’t even the point. He made the threats, and with the weapons he showed himself with, he had the means. With being in jail, he won’t have the opportunity to follow through.
A full investigation is being done to find out if he is a legal citizen of the US and, if not, what his home country is. While he might get his wish of being deported, he’ll be banned from the social media platform as a result of the threats that he made.
One thing is clear: Lesteiro-Diaz isn’t the brightest one. Anyone who makes threats, especially on social media, will be able to be tracked down by the police. In none of the videos did he ever make the attempt to hide his identity. This made it very easy for the police to bring him into custody within the city of Miami.
The press hasn’t had a chance to get to know more about Lesteiro-Diaz since the bond has not been posted as of yet. It’s unclear as to why Lesteiro-Diaz is making such threats against so many different racial groups. To cover such a number of groups doesn’t make sense as it’s not likely that he has a personal issue with anyone unless it was done to be “cool.”
Within the video footage seen within the Miami courts, he appears to be nervous with the questioning. Additionally, it is believed that he has pled guilty as it is hard to deny that he did what he did since there is actual video footage obtained from his Twitter profile.
The police across the entire country have been cracking down on threats being made on social media. This includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms. The police departments also encourage people to report any kind of threats of violence in the event that a social media algorithm does not pick it up naturally. Various violent threats have been caught on social media in order to address the issue before it had a chance to escalate to an event where lives were lost. This includes school bombings and other things as people brag about what they are going to do prior to them doing it. The only thing that makes sense is that they feel invincible, which is clearly the case with Lesteiro-Diaz.
While the groups that the Florida teen mentioned are safe in the Havana part of Miami for the meantime because of the police capturing Lesteiro-Diaz and placing him behind bars, it is only a matter of time before someone else gets the idea to target a particular group. Hopefully, they’re just as bright as this Florida teen so that they talk about it on social media beforehand. It will allow the police to make the arrest for threats prior to any real danger taking place on the streets.