Massachusetts police will seek a criminal complaint against one resident after he posted the term “put wings on pigs” to Facebook – the same phrase Ismaaiyl Brinsley posted before killing two New York police officers.
“In the eyes of every police officer in America today, ‘putting wings on pigs’ is a threat,” Michael Wilk, Chicopee Police Department spokesperson, said.
Authorities were first alerted to the complaint when someone anonymously sent them the link to Charles “Charlie” DiRosa’s Facebook post. Following the death of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, as well as the death of officer Charles Kondek in Tarpon Springs, Florida, police were forced to take the post to social media seriously.
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“After the events of the past few days, the PD took this threat very seriously,” Chicopee police wrote on Facebook.
DiRosa’s post was similar to Brinsley’s, who wrote “I’m putting wings on pigs today” on Instagram alongside a picture of a silver handgun.
If the court determines the police complaint is valid, DiRosa will be summoned to court for trial. Currently, an advisory is circulating to area departments like the Massachusetts State Police and the Commonwealth Fusion Center, which features information about DiRosa. The note warns that DiRosa is currently on probation for an unspecified conviction and encourages officers to use extreme caution if they encounter him.