*Two members of the New Black Panther Party have been named amid accusations the men plotted to kill the Ferguson police chief and prosecutor.
The Washington Times cites federal prosecutors, who revealed that New Black Panther Party members Brandon Orlando Baldwin and Olajuwon Ali Davis were taken into custody on Nov. 20 for providing false information while buying guns at Cabela’s sporting goods store in a suburban area of Missouri.
Jackson and McCullough have been widely criticized following the death of Michael Brown. Brown, a black teen, was unarmed when he was fatally shot by now former Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.
Previous reports from St. Louis media outlets mention that Federal prosecutors went on to say that the Gateway Arch was also targeted by Baldwin and Davis, who bought what they believed to be a pipe bomb from undercover officers.
So far, the men have been charged with aiding and abetting the making of a false written statement in connection with a firearms purchase, according to the New York Daily News. The publication spoke to law enforcement officials, which noted that Davis and Baldwin were going to use the predicted violence from the grand jury’s non-indictment of Wilson as a cover to kill McCulloch and Jackson.
The Daily News added that it’s not clear how Davis or Baldwin were going to carry out the killings. Davis, the newspaper noted, has been named as the brains in the alleged plot.
Despite this, sources tell the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that local law enforcement had been taking the threats very seriously. So much so that they posted police outside of McCulloch’s and Jackson’s homes
KSDK-TV referenced sources, which stated that Jackson “was warned about a plot” by federal authorities, but “not given a lot of detail.”
Recordings of the suspects’ conversations related to their plots have been obtained by federal authorities, which confirmed the possession. Baldwin and Davis both plead not guilty to all charges earlier this week as police say the men could face more charges.
Responding to the accusations, the Daily News reported that the New Black Panthers labeled them and the charges as “trumped up and baseless” and “totally unfounded,” while disdaining the charges.
For more on Davis’ and Baldwin’s case, click here.