YouTube Rapper Will Not Face Terroristic Threat Charges

    June 7, 2013
    Josh Wolford
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A Boston teen and aspiring YouTube rapper will not be charged with making terroristic threats in the hours following the Boston Marathon bombings after a Grand Jury has rejected his indictment.

18-year-old Cameron D’Ambrosio was arrested on May 1st after officials were notified of Facebook posts containing “with disturbing verbiage,” according to police.

What did he post exactly?

fuck a boston bombinb wait til u see the shit I do, I’ma be famous for rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me.

“He’s telling people to shut up and in order to get some props he’ll have to go kill somebody. He says he’ll go insane and make the news,” said Police Chief Joseph Solomon at the time of the arrest. “And he said people shouldn’t cry when they see what he does because they have it coming.”

D’Ambrosio has been held without bail for over a month. The charges leveled against him could have resulted in up to 20 years in prison.

The case drew national attention, as many free speech activists argued that the arrest and subsequent incarceration amounted to a First Amendment violation.

Noted First Amendment advocates Fight for the Future launched a petition to free D’Ambrosio. That petition received over 90,000 signatures.

“The post contained no specific threat of violence against any person or group of people, and in the context of the rest of the lyrics and Cams’ rap persona, it was clearly nothing more than a metaphor and rap braggadocio – Cam wasn’t saying he would ‘outdo’ the Marathon bombing, as the media has frequently reported, he’s saying he’s going to be famous rapping, more famous than the marathon bombing. A la Biggie Smalls ‘blowing up like the World Trade.’ It may be a distasteful line, but it’s free speech and it’s protected by the Constitution,” said FFTF.

“At an initial bail hearing, the prosecution was clearly grasping at straws and brought up incidents from Cam’s past – like the fact that he allegedly bit another student during a fight when he was 11 years old, and the fact that the police were called after a fight he had with his sister several years ago.”

“There will be a bail hearing this afternoon, after which point he will probably be released, is my educated guess,” said Essex County DA spokesperson Carrie Kimball Monahan.

  • Name

    Yeah, that fight at the age of 11 and a fight with his sister really indicates a terrorist. Prosecutors grasp at straws all the time. Lots of innocent people go to prison in this nation.

    They should arrest the police for wasting valuable tax payer money on stupidity like this.

  • http://whoisthebestrapper.com/ Chris

    This is one of those gangster wannabes and I guarantee you if he had any idea of the trouble he was about to get into for saying that lyric.. he would not have said it haha. Freedom of speech only goes so far until you say something wrong about your rap about the boston bombing. Maybe keep horrible accidents and threats out of your crappy rap mix. OKayyy my venting is over with now. Darn kids

  • Goran

    Well, he is kind of well-known now. He should learn to be more sensitive to people if he wants others to care even a little bit about his rap crap.
    Having spent a month in jail, I think he will rethink his “gangsta” approach.

  • Mike

    As Forest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does!”. This kid is obviously as stupid as they come. Any idiot that stupid enough to say what he said, right after an event like the Boston bombing should be incarcerated for just being the dumbest human being on the planet.

    I’m sure he was just looking for publicity and that he got. All the so called 1st Amendment supporters must have already forgotten about 9/11. Almost every nation on this planet hates America. Our law enforcement agencies are extremely justified in taking rants like this very serious and thus taking action to ensure it’s not some lunatic that actually is willing to kill innocent Americans.

    As an American, a Veteran and a Father, I love my country! In my opinion, you have a choice to make. If you truly love America, then prove it by supporting it, loving it, standing up for our beliefs and protecting it and yes, that means if need be even dying for it like so many heros before us have done. If you aren’t willing to do this, then get the HELL out of my country and go to a country that will kill you for practicing free speech.

    • synclaire

      your an idiot…since when do they give computer access at the old folks home…???