New York Police Department officers arrested four people on Thursday for making threats against officers following the recent murder of two police officers. The suspects involved have been charged with making terrorist threats against police and filing false reports. Two suspects Tyrone Melville and Jose Maldonado, both from New York were arrested Wednesday. NYPD investigators reviewed thousands of social media postings, investigated calls to 911 after Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot, and killed officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, outside a Brooklyn housing project. Police have launched dozens of investigations in connections to the threats, which occurred in other jurisdictions outside the city. About 24 of the cases were closed, 15 remain open and eight were referred to other law enforcement agencies, said one official who didn’t want to be named.
The latest arrest came after a 26-year-old allegedly posted images of weapons on his Facebook page along with threats to kill NYPD officers. A 41-year-old was arrested on charges of aggravated harassment and making terrorist threats after he allegedly called into the 84th precinct. A seventh man was arrested on weapons and drug charges after he was overheard threatening to kill cops while talking on his cell phone inside a bank in Queens, according to the NYPD.
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