The Florida chapter of the activist network Anonymous wants Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg to know they’re unhappy with his decision to refer the case of the officer who shot Corey Jones to a grand jury – and that’s not all.
If he doesn’t change his mind about the decision, according to a Friday post on the loosely associated group’s facebook page, they plan to launch a campaign flooding his phones, emails and social networks with calls, messages and posts urging him to either change his decision about former Palm Beach Gardens officer Nouman Raja or step down from office.
Raja has been the subject of a criminal investigation ever since he shot and killed Jones, a stranded motorist waiting for a tow truck after a professional drumming gig, on Oct. 18. While Jones family and community leaders had asked Aronberg to exercise his power to file charges directly against Raja, Aronberg announced last week that he would refer the case to a grand jury, saying that it was customary in officer-involved shootings where questions remain after the initial investigation.
Aronberg had until Monday, May 2, to respond to the group’s demands.
“Choose wisely Aronberg, elections is [sic] right around the corner,” the posts reads, a reference to the fact that the first-term state attorney is up for reelection this year.
The group says it plans to escalate its campaign against Aronberg later this month if the emails and calls don’t work.
“If you still have not listened to the state of Florida, we as well as activists around the state shall see you at your doorstep on May 20th,” the post reads. “You should of [sic] expected this.”
State Attorney’s office spokesman Mike Edmondson declined to comment on the recent threats, but they are nothing new to the area’s top prosecutor.
When Aronberg mulled whether to press battery charges against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, he later told reporters said he received an avalanche of threats from individuals and groups across the country.
Aronberg ultimately declined to pursue charges against Lewandowski.