Police probe Facebook threat against accused child shooter

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Posted on October 28, 2013 at 9:48 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 28 at 10:40 PM

DALLAS — News 8 has uncovered a series of Facebook threats aimed at Brian Cloninger, the man who is accused of shooting a Dallas child in the face last month.

The person behind those threats is seeking the support of the New Black Panther Party.

His target is Cloninger. On Facebook, "Maurice-Elm Le Milliere" in Washington D.C. called Cloninger a "dead man," and put a $60,000 bounty on his head.

Cloninger is accused of shooting eight-year-old D.J. Maiden outside his apartment on September 3, leaving the boy seriously injured.

On Monday, a judge reduced Cloninger's bond to $500,000, down from $1 million last week.

Darrin X, a member of the local Black Panther Party, said that while he understands the anger and frustration, his group does not condone the threats — or even know who is making them.

"Being a member of the New Black Panthers, we would never put an issue like that of such importance as that on Facebook, we would never call for a killing on Facebook," X said.

Cloninger remains behind bars. Dallas police have not yet confirmed whether or not the Facebook threats are legitimate.

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