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Emojis taken as threat lead to probation for Peoria man


PEORIA, Ill. (AP) _ A Peoria man found guilty of threatening a police officer based on the emojis he included in a Facebook post has been sentenced to more than two years of probation.

Twenty-one-year-old Brian C. Tyler pleaded guilty to one count of attempted aggravated intimidation and was sentenced Thursday.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports that Tyler posted the Facebook message after the officer kicked him off another person’s property in May.

Tyler took a selfie while making a vulgar gesture toward the officer, who can be seen in the background. The message includes an expletive along with emojis depicting a police officer, a handgun and a bomb.

Prosecutors said the message was taken as a threat against the officer, who has since retired.