Charles DiRosa is under arrest after posting “Put Wings on Pigs” to Facebook, copying the final remarks of a gunman who executed two NYPD cops this weekend.
DiRosa’s post caught the attention of some of his friends, who forwarded the post to the Chocopee Police Department. Police said the the post constituted a threat against officers, and DiRosa was arrested.
The department explained the decision further on its Facebook page.
“Today, we had some of our followers, and Chicopee Citizens, alert us to a very disturbing Facebook Post. This post, was quite simply, “Put Wings on Pigs.” After the events of the past few days, the PD took this threat very seriously. It was investigated by our Detective Bureau. The parties information was given out to area Police Departments, as well as the Mass State Police, for Officer Safety. We have identified the party as CHARLES DIROSA, from Chicopee. He will be summonsed to court for Threat to Commit a Crime.”
Charles DiRosa made the post just days after 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley shot two police officers “execution-style” in Brooklyn as they say in their police car. Before the shooting, Brinsley had posted a picture of a handgun on Instagram along with the caption, “I’m Putting Wings on Pigs Today. They Take 1 of Ours…… Let’s Take 2 of Theirs.”
The shooting was reportedly in response to the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, who died at the hand of police officers. When grand juries in Missouri and New York failed to indict the officers involved, many protesters took the the streets demanding justice.
Some have now tried to tie together the widespread protests with the actions taken by Ismaaiyl Brinsley. Al Sharpton, who has been a leader in the protests, has become one of the biggest targets.
This week, actor James Woods took to Twitter to call out Sharpton. Beneath a photograph of Sharpton, Woods retweeted, “This disgusting pig is DIRECTLY responsible for the murder of two good policemen. No discussion.”
Charles DiRosa will be in court for his Facebook post to “Put Wings on Pigs,” and the court will determine if he will go to trial.
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