An off-duty New York City policeman is credited with alerting Wisconsin law enforcement about online threats to kill an officer.
Officer Gregory Santora contacted police in Madison after spotting a video at home on Saturday. In the video, Raynarldo Glenn was “implying that he was going to livestream the shooting of the police officers,” he said. “That’s what really got me scared.”
Santora called the video “eerie.”
“He was crying. He was emotionally distraught,” Santora said. “You could tell that he was troubled. He was not rational.”
The video showed the armed black man driving around, saying he was going to the place where a white officer killed a black man last year and would shoot the first officer he saw there. About an hour later, Glenn approached a Madison officer parked in his squad car.
Having been alerted to the threat, the officer arrested the man without incident.
Santora said he was spurred to action because he is haunted by the 2014 execution-style killings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn. The killer had announced online that he planned to kill police officers. He killed himself afterward.
“I didn’t want to see that happen in the city of Madison,” Santora said. “I wanted to see this individual be taken into custody without any violence.”