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Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Bernard Smith, 60, (DOB: 11/07/1960), of Detroit, in connection with making terrorist threats against Detroit police officers.

On April 2, 2021, at approximately 1:02 p.m., Detroit police officers responded to a parking complaint for the defendant's vehicles in a vacant lot across from a residence in the 2400 block of Pingree Street in Detroit. Upon arrival, officers located Defendant Smith standing in the street next to the vacant lot. The officers advised him to return to his residence. It is alleged that the defendant then made a 911 call to make death threats against the officers who were impounding his vehicles. Investigation by the Detroit Police Department led the arrest of Defendant Smith at the Pingree location on the same day. Weapons and ammunition were in his possession at the time of his arrest.

"The threats that this defendant allegedly made will not be tolerated. They will be taken very seriously- whether the threats are against a public or non-public person," said Prosecutor Worthy.

Bernard Smith has been charged with One count of Threat of Terrorism; Two counts of Felon in Possession; Two counts of Felon in Possession of Ammunition; and Two counts of Felony Firearm. * He was arraigned on April 4, 2021 in 34th District Court and given a $50,000 bond. His Probable Cause Conference is on April 14, 2021 and his Preliminary Examination is on April 21, 2021 in 36th District Court before Judge Roberta Archer. Please request a photograph of the defendant from the Detroit Police Department.

*The charges are allegations and defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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