NEW YORK CITY (PIX11) – Four people were arrested in connection to making threats against NYPD officers, officials said Wednesday.
Devon Coley, 18, of Brooklyn was arrested Monday after making terrorist threats on social media. Robert Bowman, 51, of Manhattan was arrested the same day after making a bogus 911 call accusing his cousin of having guns and plotting to kill cops.
The next day, Yasin Shearin, 16, of Staten Island was arrested after making terroristic threats on social media. Roberto Labita, 46, also of Staten Island, was arrested the same day after making a fake 911 call about a motorist who was going to kill cops.
The arrests come after an assessment of hundreds of online postings and calls to 911 and 311. The review has so far resulted in approximately 40 threat investigations. About half of the investigations were closed or referred to other agencies.
The increased caution is in response to the murders of two NYPD officers Saturday afternoon. Officer Rafael Ramos and Officer Wenjian Liu were gunned down while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn.
Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot at the unsuspecting officers four times before fleeing to a train station and turning the gun on himself. Detectives said Brinsley made several anti-cop statements on social media.
Hours before the shooting, which resulted in citywide vigils, Brinsley went to Instagram to say “I’m Putting Wings On Pigs Today. They Take 1 of Ours, Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”
Officials said security measures will continue to be assessed and police resources will be deployed accordingly.