Judge Releases Cop-Haters Who Made Lethal Threats Against NYPD Cops, Prosecutors Outraged By Her Reason
Judge Laura Johnson has outraged many New York citizens because of her decision to release two anti-cop suspects who were arrested for making threats against NYPD. As previously reported on Inquisitr, threats against the police department have been heighted following the execution-style shootings of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.
Hours before the shooting, the alleged gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted threats on Facebook and Instagram about killing cops stating that he planned to “put wings on pigs.” Now, unfortunately Brinsley has a following and many others have made threats with alleged plans to follow in his footsteps.
Several media outlets reports that Travis Maye and Devon Coley, two suspects labeled as gang-affiliated cop-hating thugs, are walking free after making threats against NYPD. Then, to make matters worse, prior to the arrests Maye, 26, was even involved in a physical altercation where he allegedly punched an officer. The officer was hospitalized following the altercation. Once Maye was subdued, he still made verbal threats promising to find the officers and kill more cops.
“You will die!”
Fox News reports Judge Johnson also overruled prosecutors by releasing Coley. He posted a picture of Brinsley aiming a gun at a patrol car with the caption, “73Nextt,” in regards to the 73rd precinct near his home in Brooklyn. Although prosecutors took the threat quite seriously and asked for Coley to be held on a $250,000 bond. That request was denied. Now, he’s free as well.
So, of course, many citizens are not pleased with Judge Johnson’s decision to release both men without bail. Now, the looming question is why did she do it?
Well, according to the New York Post, surprisingly Johnson blamed law enforcement. She personally felt the men were wrongfully targeted. Johnson argued that the incident “appears to have been an extraordinarily emotion-laden and hectic situation.” She also stated that she felt it would be “wrong to impose bail.” Her refusal to impose bail was due to the “current climate.”
Needless to say, law enforcement and prosecutors were outraged. Sgt. Patrick Cullen, President of the New York State Supreme Court Officers Association, also weighed in with his opinion on Fox & Friends. He personally feels Judge Johnson’s decision sends the wrong message to cop-haters. Instead of threats being against the law in any circumstance, her decision could make possible offenders feel like their actions are justifiable.
“It is dangerous and tragic. But what it does most though is it strengthens our resolve to be as alert and as vigilant as we’ve been to make sure we are always on the lookout for those who seek to do harm to law officers. This is newsworthy now because of current events but every day those of us who work in the courts, see people released who probably shouldn’t be.”
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