A former lecturer of philosophy at the University of California, Los Angeles, has been arrested after making violent threats against white people in emails to his mother, promising mass murder when his mother forwarded those messages to the police. Matthew Christopher Harris was arrested in Boulder, Colorado. He had been in a standoff with police for hours before his arrest could be made.
Harris became the subject of an investigation originally after he sent former students a threatening email. That email included a link to his manifesto along with a video titled, “UCLA PHILOSOPHY (MASS SHOOTING).” As a result, UCLA canceled classes but asked the professors to continue teaching remotely. I have always said that for professors at liberal universities, lessons could only be remotely called teaching.
Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said that Harris was planning a mass murder incident and that his manifesto was filled with violent content and racist comments. Will he be declared a Black supremacist? Don’t bet on it. They will say he was driven mad by slavery, which ended over 150 years ago. His video was also a race-filled rant that promised violence. His racist rants targeted specifically Asians and jews.
Officials had been alerted by the mother of Harris, who forwarded emails appearing to contain threats of violence. In one of those emails, Harris said that he wanted to “hunt” another professor and “put bullets in her skull.” That professor sought and obtained a restraining order against him based on that email.
Another email from Harris read, “Now I get shouted at all day and frankly I am ready to go Chris Dorner on these white people,” referring to the Los Angeles police officer who went on a murder spree against cops and killed four people.
At about the same time he was under investigation at UCLA over allegations that he sent violent and pornographic material to his students, according to court documents.
Authorities also said that Harris was prevented from purchasing a gun in November because of the restraining order.