Jonathan Thompson, 19, turned himself into NYPD cops last night after allegedly sending an officer a death threat via Facebook.
Apparently Thompson was none too happy about a New York Daily News report that ran on February 6 about the success of the NYPD’s 73 Precint, located in Brownsville, Brooklyn, has had in curbing gang activity using online crime fighting techniques. So Thompson allegedly came up with the bright idea to threaten officers on the precint’s very own Facebook page.
Yes, you read that right.
The NY Daily News reports that Thompson posted Deputy Inspector Joseph Gulotta’s work schedule and a description of his squad car. Gulotta’s face was pictured in the aforementioned article. The NYPD took the threat seriously.
“A threat against a police officer is a threat against all of us,” Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes told the NY Daily News.
The police traced the source of the message’s Internet connection back to Thompson, who reportedly turned himself in last night (Sunday, February 10) at 6:50pm. Thompson is charged with making a making a terroristic threat and aggravated harassment. The teen has 13 prior arrests, but is pleading his innocence, of course.
“He never made any threats against the Police Department,” said Thompson’s lawyer, Phillip Lights. “He is innocent.”
Gang members inadvertently dropping dime on themselves via social media isn’t a new phenomenon, particularly in Brooklyn. In September 2012, 49 gang member were arrested after bragging about their exploits online. Also, back in January 2012, 43 feuding Brooklyn gang members were arrested for similar crimes.
As for the the 73rd precint’s gang unit, it spends hours on social media sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter looking for hints of gang activity and last year was credited with taking 199 guns off the Brownsville streets. You can’t be mad at that.
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