Arthur Jordan was expecting a preliminary hearing Thursday but found himself instead facing a new grand jury indictment.
The indictment, unveiled in Buffalo federal court, accuses Jordan of making Facebook threats against Buffalo Police officers, and came just a week after he pleaded guilty to a weapons charge in state court.
Jordan, 22, was carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol when he was arrested on July 14 and eventually charged with separate but related crimes in state and federal court. His arrest followed the killing of five Dallas police officers by a sniper and the previous deaths of two black men at the hands of police.
Jordan, according to the previous charge against him, posted a Facebook message that said, “Let’s start killin’ police. Let’s see how dey like it.”
After his court appearance Thursday, Assistant Federal Public Defender John Humann said Jordan will continue to argue that his Facebook message is protected free speech.
Jordan appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr.