A heavily armed man who claims to be a Muslim has posted a Facebook Live video threatening the attendees of a Christian conference in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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On April 9, a Facebook video posted by Ehab Jaber surfaced and showed a copy of the Koran and attendees of the Worldview Weekend rally in South Dakota. Event organizer Brannon Howse, who is also an off-duty police officer, asked Jaber to comply with their rules and stop filming, CBS Los Angeles relays.
When asked for his name, Jaber told the officer that he is "John Smith, the Muslim John Smith" before leaving the area. Later on, he went live on Facebook twice, filming himself while he was inside his car parked outside the venue of the Christian conference.
In one of the videos, Jaber is seen holding what seem to be three pistols and two assault rifles while repeatedly saying "Be scared" or "Be terrified." It is also worth noting that his t-shirt contains lines which read "I am a Muslim," "I open carry," and "I am only dangerous if you are stupid."
Howse said Jaber was not charged for what he did since he is allowed to open carry under South Dakota's laws. However, the event organizer asked on Facebook if a white Christian would have been arrested or charged if he did the same thing in the middle of a Muslim conference.
The incident involving Jaber surfaced just after a man posted a video on Facebook on Easter Sunday showing him committing murder. NDTV notes that Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg promised to do everything "to prevent tragedies" but almost did not mention the crime during its annual developer's conference in San Jose this week.
Instead, Zuckerberg announced a new range of products and features that they can use to share their goofy images over social media. Facebook's response to the murder has sparked criticism from people who say the social network has not set strict vetting standards for videos and live-streams.