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DARLINGTON, Wis. - A Gratiot man was arrested this week after police said he reportedly made threats against the government on social media.

The Darlington Police Department said 42-year-old John Hocking was arrested at 9 a.m. on suspicion of disorderly conduct.

Police said the arrest was a result of threats Hocking allegedly posted on Facebook saying he wanted to blow up a government building in Darlington. The Facebook post also reportedly said he might use weapons against law enforcement.

On Friday Darlington police said investigators don't believe Hocking poses a threat to public safety after authorities searched his home and computer for evidence. The comments Hocking allegedly made were out of anger and not part of any further plot or conspiracy to harm law enforcement or destroy government property, police Chief Jason King said in a news release.

Alcohol was a factor behind making the Facebook posts, police added.
Hocking was jailed Wednesday. He had an initial appearance in Lafayette County Court Friday on the disorderly conduct charges and was released.

Hocking's next court appearance is scheduled Jan. 20 at 1:30 p.m., according to online records.

Police said the government property reportedly mentioned in the posts was Lafayette County Human Services, which is housed in the Darlington Municipal Building.
Facebook comments lead to man's arrest, police say

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