In the wake of two NYPD officers getting murdered, police are now cracking down on social media posts that could be perceived as threats.
While there is a definite difference between a threat and an opinion, it would seem like the police are going to start going after anyone who says anything negative about police, especially if they perceive it as a threat.
Individuals in New York, New Jersey, and Colorado were apprehended by law enforcement on Monday this week for making web postings purported to advocate killing cops, local networks reported. That same day, police in Massachusetts announced they are pursuing criminal charges against a man who wrote the term “put wings on pigs” on his personal Facebook page – a reference to a social media post that prefaced Saturday’s double homicide.
Devon Coley, 18, was arrested by police in Brooklyn on Monday and arraigned on a charge of making a terroristic threat after posting on Facebook a cartoon of a gunman opening fire at a patrol car alongside the phrase “73Nextt,” believed to be in reference to a nearby police precinct.
Thirty miles away, authorities in Tinton Falls, NJ arrested Matthew Reardon, 29, and charged him with threats against police for writing on his own profile: “Don’t wanna get clipped while sitting in your squad car?? Don’t be a (expletives deleted) pig who’s looking to get killed…Everyone who goes out of their way to (expletive deleted) with other people should get executed in cold blood.”
In Colorado Springs, CO, 33-year-old military vet Jeremiah M. Perez was caught by police and later arraigned for posting online, among other threats, “VETERANS WILL KILL RETIRED HELPLESS COPS.”
While only one of those (Perez) is an actual threat, it doesn’t seem to matter to police. Opinion and quotes are apparently arrestable offenses now.
There is a distinguishable difference between “I am going to kill cops” and “I think cops should die.” One is an obvious threat and the other is a statement of opinion. But that doesn’t seem to matter anymore.
One thing that the media and police are hiding during all of this, is former Connecticut officer, Raymond ‘‘Doug’’ Humphrey. Humphrey has publicly asked his law enforcement friends to kill DiRosa. This, of course, is being treated as “an alleged threat.”
So police are allowed to create and sell t-shirts that openly threaten death if you break the law. Former officers are allowed to openly attempt to contract people to assassinate a citizen. But quoting someone on Facebook or giving your opinion on social media is now against the law?
Here is the condensed version of what is going on.
The police are almost never held accountable for their actions. They murder, steal and rape their way through their job and leave a trail of victims in their wake. When you (police) use violence and force to get your way, there will eventually be a time when the people have had enough and they fight back. The murders of the two NYPD officers fall on the hands of no one else but the NYPD and police nationwide. Now, however, they are crying because people have a poor opinion about them and there are some who are openly threatening them with the same force and violence that they use on the people.
The police are finding out that while corrupt courts, unions and the thin blue line may be able to protect them in an official capacity, the streets have had enough of the police brutality and that thin blue line is not bullet proof. (and no, that is not a threat)