A Kennewick man faces jail time for an online rant that said “there will be at least one dead cop” after his next run-in with law enforcement.
Keith Eric Brier, 39, is scheduled to be sentenced April 15 by Judge Bruce Spanner in Benton County Superior Court.
That’s after Spanner convicted Brier of felony harassment based on a post he made in Craigslist’s rants and raves section.
Brier opted to have Spanner — instead of a 12-person jury — review the evidence during a one-day trial earlier this month.
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An anonymous person contacted Kennewick police after seeing the posting on the website, court documents show. The post reportedly was made between May 24 and 26.
Brier had started a Craigslist rant about citations he received from Kennewick officers and the resulting expenses, and compared that to his experience with a Morrow County sheriff’s deputy who didn’t issue him a ticket, prosecutors said. After watching the responses for a couple of days, he decided to “chime in.”
“It is a sad day when people will say things like ‘not all cops are bad.’ If one is BAD that is too many but it’s worse than that it’s more then [sic] 50% of law enforcement,” Brier wrote, according to the court documents.
Brier said he had watched police “go crazy with power trips and ego trips in person,” and seen the YouTube videos of police “beating, shooting or tazing innocent people.” He clarified that people are innocent until proven guilty.
“Let me be clear! The next time I have a interaction with law enforcement their [sic] will be at least one dead cop. If I get the chance to take a few more I will,” Brier’s post said. “I know that I will die and I am ok with that, we all die it’s just a matter of how.”
He added that he would give a break to “that one innocent cop who may get it” by shooting them in the gut, instead of the head.
“Sound fair after the break you guys gave me,” the post ended.
Detectives got a search warrant for Craigslist and received records identifying Brier as the suspect. They then talked to his wife, who advised them that Brier was angry with law enforcement, documents said.
Brier was arrested June 9 after a standoff with the Tri-City Regional SWAT team at his South Dayton Place home. Authorities had asked neighbors to leave their homes, and nearby Washington Elementary School was placed on lockdown while Brier refused to come out for more than an hour.
A search of Brier’s home turned up firearms and ammunition in several places, court documents said.
“Law enforcement officers who read the posting believed that (Brier) was serious with his threat to kill a cop at his next opportunity,” Deputy Prosecutor Brendan Siefken wrote in the documents.
The standard sentencing range for the crime is one to three months in jail.
Brier, who had no prior felony convictions, has lost his right to own or possess firearms with the guilty verdict. He’s been out of custody since posting bond on $5,000 bail after his arrest.