A frustrated singer who said people should kill police and overthrow the government in a Facebook live video paid a $450 fine to avoid spending three months in prison.
Kenneth Williams, 38, pleaded guilty to causing public terror and making use of violent and obscene language.
Defense lawyer Tamara Taylor-Storr told the court that Williams made the remarks out of frustration on August 5 after he watched videos of police brutality by white officers.
She asked the magistrate to consider giving Williams a warning.
Taylor-Storr said Williams was sorry for what he’d done and his remarks did not reflect his upbringing.
However, Deputy Chief Magistrate Andrew Forbes said too many adults made social media diatribes without considering the consequences.
As a result, he convicted Williams and fined him.