Detroit man accused of cop threat agrees to detention

Jennifer Chambers
The Detroit News

Detroit — A 20-year-old Detroit man accused of threatening to kill police officers while they attended a funeral for a slain Detroit police sergeant inside a St. Clair Shores church agreed to federal detention on Thursday.

Deshawn Maurice Lanton made a brief court appearance in U.S. District Court on whether he should get bond while awaiting trial on a charge that he used the internet to transmit a threat.

Lanton told U.S. Magistrate Judge Mona K. Majzoub that he agreed to voluntary detention. Majzoub set his next court date for Oct. 12.

Lanton is named in an FBI criminal complaint filed Wednesday that alleges he made a threatening post on a Facebook Live video from WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) as the station covered Sgt. Kenneth Steil’s service Friday morning.

Steil’s funeral was held at St. Joan of Arc Church and was attended by hundreds of police officials from across the state.

According to the FBI complaint, Lanton, under the username of “Kane Pnotes,” wrote: “Maybe I should drop a bomb on tha building and get rid of the rest of y’all.”

Police said the post was made at 11:28 a.m. Friday, about 90 minutes after the funeral began, and was made in the livestream comments as it showed the inside of the church, identifying numerous uniformed police officers entering the building.