Police have increased security at some stationhouses and made at least four arrests over threats made since the deadly shootings of two officers last weekend.
An 18-year-old is facing charges of making a terror threat after he put up a menacing message online on Saturday, hours after the fatal ambush of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
Devon Coley posted a photo of a gunman shooting at a patrol car, symbols showing a gun pointed at an officer’s head and a caption with his local precinct’s number and “next.” A judge released him without bail even though prosecutors had sought $250,000 bail. Coley was already facing unrelated gun possession and other charges.
A 52-year-old man was arrested after walking into a Manhattan stationhouse and saying, “If I punch you in the face, how much time will I get?” and refusing to leave.
Mayor Bill de Blasio denounced the threats Wednesday and said the city will protect police officers
“New York City stands with our police officers in this time of tragedy, as we do every day, and our city will not be intimidated by those spouting hateful, violent messages,” he said.