Park, 19, from Lake St. Louis, Mo. was taken into custody at 1:50 a.m. today (Nov. 11), and charged with making a “terrorist threat.”
The crime is considered a Class C felony, according to Missouri state law.
Involuntary manslaughter, statutory rape in the second degree, possession of a controlled substance and theft are also Class C felonies.
Punishment can range as high as seven years in prison to a minimum of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine, according to the statute.
The white student targeted African-Americans on the racially roiled University of Missouri–Columbia campus.
“I’m going to stand my ground tomorrow and shoot every black person I see,” he wrote on the social media site Yik-Yak.
Instead of relief, however, the arrest spark renewed protests over Park’s seemingly “kid glove” treatment by the Sheriff’s Department.
“How long before they say Hunter Park was smart, collected Pokemon cards, loved science and had a dog named Rex?” wrote one Twitter wag.
Initially, authorities refused to release his name or his mug shot. Both are normally public information.
The Boone County prosecutor also recommended a $4,500 bond. Protesters called the amount ridiculously low. A judge subsequently revoked the bond. Park is now being held without bond.
Meanwhile, he’s mug shot was leaked on Twitter. The Sheriff’s Department released it afterward, according to local reports.
Boone County prosecutor Daniel K. Knight released a brief statement this afternoon saying “takes very seriously” all cases involving violence or threats of violence. He declined further statement.
Park, a university sophomore, was arrested in the campus residence hall where he lived at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, in Rolla, Mo. No weapons were found, according to police. The school is almost 100 miles from the strife-torn campus.
Park’s alleged threat caused some African-American students to avoid the campus today. There were no known violent incidents
Missouri S&T Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader issued a statement saying threats would not be tolerated. “As a campus, we are grateful that this situation did not escalate. I thank both of the police departments for their swift action in handling this case.”
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