Brooklyn man arrested after declaring ‘how easy it would be’ to kill a cop

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HARLEM (PIX11) -- A Brooklyn man was arrested Tuesday after making a gun gesture with his cellphone at 2 NYPD officers in Manhattan in an attempt to show his friends "how easy it would be" to kill a cop.

Police say 2 uniformed officers were stopped at a red light on West 125th Street in Harlem in a marked police car just before 9 p.m. when a green 2005 Chevrolet TrailBlazer slowed to a stop next to them.

The car didn't pull up fully next to the police car, but idled near the rear of the passenger side.

The 26-year-old cop at the wheel looked over his shoulder and saw the Chevy's driver with his "arms extended before him, both hands clasped around an object that appeared to be a weapon, and was pointing it at the head of the cop closest to him in the police car’s front passenger seat," according to police.

The suspect told investigators he pointed his iPhone at cops. (Photo: Getty Images)

The suspect told investigators he pointed his iPhone at cops. (Photo: Getty Images)

The driver then made a shooting motion before driving away.

"I absolutely thought we were dead," the officer, who has been on the force for 3 years, said.

When officers pulled the car over, they found Unique Johnson, the driver, along with 6 of his co-workers at an energy sales company.

Johnson told officers the object he pointed at them was actually his iPhone in a dark blue case.

When questioned, Johnson reportedly said he wanted to show how easy he thought it would be to shoot an on-duty cop.

Johnson has been charged with menacing a police officer, harassment, disorderly conduct and aggravated unlicensed operator for driving with a suspended license.

Since detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot dead in their patrol car in Bed-Stuy last December, the NYPD has investigated 126 threats against cops in the city, resulting in nearly 30 arrests.


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