As though the NYPD won’t have enough on its hands with rowdy New Year’s Eve celebrants and sardine-packed Times Square crowds, now there’s a new worry for police in the Big Apple.
Cop haters have taken to social media with explicit threats to kill NYPD officers on this night of celebration. Sources tell the website DNAinfo.com that authorities are taking the threats seriously, with more than 20 open investigations now underway.
Sources say there are several gang members on social media calling for New Year’s Eve to be “Kill a Pig Night” so that it will become “The New Year’s Eve Massacre 2014.”
In the wake of the December 20th ambush murders of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, the kind of threats now being posted on twitter take on a new significance. The assassin who gunned down the pair in their patrol car, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, took to Instagram that morning announcing he was coming to New York to kill police officers.
The threats primarily come in tweets baring a host of vicious anti-NYPD hash tags including #@deadcopseveryday, #onlydeadcops, #wingsonpigs and #laughatyourdeaths, according to law enforcement sources.
Given the tense situation in New York City — coupled with the expectation that as many as a million people will flood Times Square before the big ball drops to welcome 2015 — abcnews.com reports that extra security measures are in place.
Increased police patrols and extra National Guard troops have been called in to New York in preparation for any protests that may interrupt tonight’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Though there has been no formal announcement about planned protests in New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that the National Guard will have an “increased presence” throughout the city….
NYPD officers are not the only targets of threats, according to the New York Post:
Investigators are currently monitoring 70 threats against NYPD officers and three against the mayor, the sources said.
Police have arrested 16 people so far in connection to the threats.
Plus, says ABC News, New York is not the only city bracing for possible anti-police protests during this evening’s celebrations.
Officials in Boston have urged activists to postpone a planned “die-in” protest, saying that the city’s family-friendly “First Night” event is not an appropriate venue to express their concerns.
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