Following the murder of two NYPD cops, more threats have been made toward police officers. Unfortunately, Ismaaiyl Brinsley’s crime has motivated a number of others to attempt to carry out threats against police officers. Now, the number of arrests have surged.
According to ABC News, one of the men arrested even called in a threat to the local precinct where the slain officers worked. That suspect, who has been identified as 41-year-old Tyrone Melville, allegedly called the 84th precinct station from a cell phone and lied about his identity, saying that he planned to “kill more cops.” The New York Post reports sources revealed that Melville asked if other officers could “take the bullets out of the cop’s head so he [Melville] could kill more cops.”
Then, on Tuesday, Dec. 23 another disturbing incident occurred when nine officers at the 77th NYPD precinct received a threat via text message.
“For every one they kill, we will kill two.”
The chilling text message caused quite a stir. So, the department is currently on high alert and not taking any form of threat lightly. Both suspects have reportedly been tracked down and arrested.
On Wednesday, Dec. 24, the New York Police Department also released a statement to Fox News in reference to the mounting threats and the arrests that have been made. “All threats against members of the NYPD are taken seriously and are investigated immediately to determine the credibility and origin of the information,” the brief statement read.
But, apparently, the statement didn’t deter some anti-cop suspects. On Christmas Eve, 38-year-old Elvin Payamps was overhead making a threat about killing more cops while standing in line at a local bank. A witness called 911 and reported the threat.
“They should have killed two white cops, instead of a Hispanic and an Asian, if the guy really wanted to send a message,” Payamps allegedly said during a phone conversation. “I’m going to kill another cop,” he said, according to prosecutors. “Another cop should be killed before Christmas. It should be a white cop.”
Authorities quickly acted on the tip. Payamps was later pulled over during a traffic stop. Marijuana was found inside of his car, which led to his arrest. Police were later given permission by his spouse to search his home. He reportedly had one pistol, a shotgun, rounds of ammunition, two bulletproof vests and brass knuckles inside the home.
In total, there have been nearly ten suspects arrested for threats against cops as a result of the online monitoring of posts made via social media.
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