Black teen made social media post threatening to kill Black people at Alabama fair, police say

Police announced Thursday that the person who threatened to kill Black people at an Alabama fair and used white supremacist images in a late-month social media post has been identified as a Black teenager from Louisiana.

Pharrell Smith, 18, of Lafayette, Louisiana, was detained by Lafayette police on Thursday on unrelated charges. Once he is freed from detention in Louisiana, he will likely be extradited to Alabama to face a felony charge of making a terroristic threat, according to Opelika police.
On September 19, Opelika police started looking into a Facebook post in which the author, later identified as Smith, threatened to kill any “NEGRO” they came into eye contact with at the Opelika fair. THE WHITE POWER
The Confederate battle flag was displayed in the poster’s profile, and it was stated twice that the person intended to attend the Lee County Fair from October 4 to October 8.
Smith was named as a suspect by Opelika police after they linked the social media account to a Lafayette house.

UPDATE: Officials were able to trace the social media account to a residence in Lafayette, AL. Through the investigation, 18-year-old Pharrell Smith was developed as a suspect. On 10/06/2022, the City of Lafayette Police Department arrested Smith on unrelated charges. Once he is released from their custody, Smith will be extradited to the Lee County Justice Center where he will be arrested on a Terroristic Threat charge. This case is still under investigation.



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