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NYPD Cops On Alert For Copycat Threats

December 22, 2014  |  Posted by: JammedUp
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NYPD cops were on alert Sunday, a day after two were executed in Brooklyn, with multiple reported threats of violence being reported against officers, including a man who burst into a Harlem station house screaming he wanted to kill everyone inside.

“This has been spinning out of control, and there’s going to be more violence,’’ said former NYPD Detective Richard Sica, who investigated the 1988 slaying of Officer Eddie Byrne as he sat in his cruiser in Queens.

Sica says that the two cops killed Saturday “were targeted and assassinated just like Eddie was” — simply for being a cop — Sica added, “It’s not even close to being over.”

Besides the multiple threats, NYPD vehicles and cops’ personal cars were sabotaged outside Transit District 12 headquarters in The Bronx by someone who removed the lug nuts from the wheels, law-enforcement sources said.

On Saturday night, in the Bronx, a teen was arrested after he pointed a gun at cops and pulled the trigger twice, only to realize he’d just emptied the weapon while shooting out windows.

Raymond Leonardo, 17, had fired six shots into a building in Mott Haven at 9 p.m. Then aimed his firearm at officers responding to the scene, police said.

Leonardo was arrested and hit with several gun and menacing charges.

The death of the two officers along with the threats, acts of violence and vandalism has led the head of the Police Benovolent Association to issue a warning to his members to be on high alert, saying the NYPD is now a wartime police department.

The warning also urges all officers to wear their bulletproof vests, Detectives’ Endowment Association President Michael Palladino added they should “operate in teams of three when possible.”

“Please be cognizant of all those around you at all times because the real threat may not even come from those you are engaged with,” Palladino warned.
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“Cowards such as yesterday’s killer strike when you are distracted and vulnerable.”
The potential for copycat killings followed Saturday’s killing of two cops as they sat in a marked patrol car.

Evidence points to the officers murder as revenge for Eric Garner and Michael Brown, the two black men killed in incidents involving white cops.

The officers’ murders prompted the NYPD to temporarily suspend all patrols by its volunteer Auxiliary Police force.

Its members wear official NYPD uniforms and patrol either on foot, bicycle or in marked police vehicles, but they are not armed.

The last time auxiliary cops were pulled from duty was in the 1970s, when the Black Liberation Army was booby-trapping police call boxes and putting razor blades under the door handles of radio cars, said John Hyland, president of the Auxiliary Police Benevolent Association.

Sunday’s Harlem incident involved an intruder who pushed his way into the 28th Precinct station house through a swinging gate that separates the lobby from the front-desk area, sources said.

Two cops tried to calm Jihaad Curry, 27, of The Bronx, but he attacked as they were escorting him out, police said.

Both cops were hurt during the ensuing scuffle — including one who broke either his hand or arm — and taken for treatment. Curry was charged with assault and other crimes, according to the NYPD.

Among the other threats made against the NYPD on Sunday was an anonymous call at around noon to the 120th Precinct station house in Staten Island from a person who said, “I’m going to shoot a cop in the head today, and it will be on Staten Island.”

“Around 99.9 percent of the time, threats coming in are false alarms,” said a cop who was patrolling the ferry terminal on Staten Island a short time later. “But today, I have a little voice in my head telling me to keep on edge.”

The threats also included a Facebook message from a gang-banger who posted a photo of a gunman firing into a marked NYPD cruiser.

From the New York Post

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