Credible Threat


There’s good news and bad news. Bad news first: a bunch of whack-jobs with more than a few loose screws are threatening to kill cops on Facebook and other social media sites. The good news is these people are too stupid to realize that social media is a broadcast medium.

The online threats against police officers are diverse. Some clearly seem to indicate the ravings of very lonely teenage losers and the mentally ill. Several posters that used the phrase “put wings on pigs” were just mimicking the language used by Ismaaiyl Brinsley—the man who recently assassinated two NYPD Officers in Brooklyn.

Written by the user “Vets Hunting Cops,” one comment on Google-owned YouTube read “not a single cop is good” and another “they are all bad and are all targets now.” The user also claimed his group had killed six retired sheriffs and cops and was going to “hunt down” two Colorado police officers. According to the FBI, the posts began earlier this year, but the tone of the posts escalated after the death of Michael Brown and the grand jury decision not to prosecute Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot him.


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