KENT, Ohio – A Kent man is accused of sending digital messages in which he threatened to shoot Kent State University students organizing and attending a protest of police brutality.
Mustafa Moumouni, 25, has been charged with a fifth-degree felony of ethnic intimidation and a first-degree misdemeanor of aggravated menacing, Kent Municipal Court records show. Kent police arrested Moumouni on Sunday evening at his home on College Court.
Moumouni is not a Kent State students, but was engaging in online and social media discussions with student organizations, including Black United Students. Police said Moumouni was blocked from communicating with the group because of “offensive language and threats.”
Moumouni is of Jamaican descent, police said, and claimed he was blocked from the group because “they don’t consider him black, and he threatened to shoot black students and white supporters.”
Kent State University spokesman Eric Mansfield said in a statement that university police were made aware of the threats on Sunday.
“Our officers responded immediately to assist Kent police in their investigation that led to an arrest,” Mansfield said. “We take all threats, real or perceived, seriously as the safety of our entire campus community is our first priority. Our commitment to support all groups who call Kent State home is unwavering, and we stand firm in our core values of kindness and respect in all we do.”
Moumouni was arraigned Monday and pleaded not guilty, court records show. A judge set his bond at $10,000. He is scheduled to appear in court on Friday morning for a preliminary hearing.