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Man accused of YouTube threat involving parking ticket

By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas

RedEye

4:27 PM CST, January 30, 2014

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A suburban man didn't like the outcome after he contested a parking ticket with the city, so he posted a violent screed to YouTube threatening the life of a city hearing officer, county prosecutors said.

Michael Dixon, 40, of Country Club Hills, posted the 11-minute video to YouTube on Jan. 14, then mailed his hearing officer a letter directing him to the video, prosecutors said Thursday.

The video, posted by an account called Voice from Chicago, features a man with his face obscured talking about the details of a $50 ticket he received after parking on Milwaukee Avenue.

The speech, attributed to Dixon in court records, contains racist and homophobic language and is riddled with profanity. The man in the video asks viewers to blow up the city's administrative hearings building, affix an explosive to the man's car, and also to attack other hearing officers and parking meter enforcement aides, prosecutors said.

"You better check your car every time you come out," the man in the video says, naming the hearing officer.

"The victim is rightfully frightened for his safety," county prosecutor Lorraine Scaduto said in bond court Thursday afternoon.

Dixon was arrested at home on Wednesday and charged with threatening a public official. He was brought to the Cook County Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Thursday afternoon and ordered held in lieu of $150,000 bond.

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