Some police departments are arresting people for allegedly making threatening statements towards cops on social media sites.
The arrests are believed to be in response to the murders of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjan Liu. Ismaaiyl Brinsley reportedly posted threats on Instagram before he shot the two men.
Matthew Reardon was arrested in Tinton Falls, New Jersey, last Monday for reportedly writing a message on Facebook.
The Asbury Park Press reports the post stated, "Don't wanna get clipped while sitting in your squad car?? Don't be a [expletive] pig who's looking to get killed ... Everyone who goes out of their way to [expletive] with other people should get executed in cold blood."
Police in Chicopee, Massachusetts, are planning to file a criminal complaint against Charles "Charlie" DiRosa for allegedly posting "Put wings on pigs" (the same phrase used by Brinsley on Instagram) on his Facebook page.
"In the eyes of every police officer in America today, 'Putting wings on pigs' is a threat," Chicopee Police Department spokesman Michael Wilk told MassLive.com.
"We are not looking on Facebook," added Wilk. "Someone sent us a message to let us know and that they were concerned because they don't want to see us hurt."
According to RT.com, Devon Coley was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, last Monday for allegedly making a terroristic threat.
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Coley reportedly posted a cartoon of someone shooting at a police car with the phrase "73Nextt," believed to be a police precinct number, on Facebook.
The Denver Post noted that Jeremiah Perez was arrested in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last Monday for allegedly posting this comment on YouTube: "SINCE DARREN WILSON our group has killed 6 retired sheriffs and cops ... because of this event we will hunt two more in Colorado this week ... for every innocent citizen that cops kill WE, VETERANS WILL KILL RETIRED HELPLESS COPS ... COPS ARE THE REAL ENEMIES OF FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS."
Sources: Denver Post, RT.com, MassLive.com, Asbury Park Press
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