March 19, 2012
NYC Letter: OWS In Its Own Words -- Kill A Cop Or 2
Day 1,150 of CHOPE
God bless them for their spontaneity. It's independent ... it's young, it's spontaneous, and it's focused. And it's going to be effective.
Welcome to Nancy's world of effective civic difference-making.
NYPD INVESTIGATING APPARENT OCCUPY
WALL ST. PROTESTER'S ONLINE THREAT
'It’S Not Like I Meant Anything Of It,' Man
Behind Tweet Tells Daily News
NEW YORK March 18, 2012 (NYDN) - Police are investigating an Occupy Wall Street sympathizer’s online threat to kill cops.
A man with the Twitter handle "smackema1" tweeted this message at 11:39 p.m. Saturday, following a clash at Zuccotti Park —"we wont make a difference if we dont kill a cop or 2."
The tweet was directed to a page on Ustream showing live footage of the protests. The NYPD is seeking a subpoena to find out who’s behind the Twitter account, according to Paul Browne, the department’s top spokesman.
The man behind the threatening tweet spoke to the Daily News by phone, without revealing his name. He said he lives in Florida and follows OWS protests online but has never attended one.
He said the tweet about killing cops was a jest. "It’s not like I meant anything of it," he said. "Who takes anything like that seriously? I’m in Florida, what am I going to do?"
Ha-ha. Jokey Mr. Anonymous in Florida laughs off criminal incitement as a joke. He's in Florida, it's not like he'll pull the trigger. And if some OWSer feels encouraged to make a difference? Well, jokey Mr. Anonymous is tweeting the revolution from Florida. He's criminally stupid, but is that a crime? Yes, actually, in Mr. Anonymous's case it is. His criminally stupid tweet becomes the pulled trigger of the murderer who commits the actual crime.*
And that's not all. It was a busy day at OWS for inchoate offenses.
Cops are also pursuing phone threats to two cops and their families made Saturday, officials said.
Hatred for police is a public feature of OWS. [Pause.] But who takes anything like that seriously?
Tweeting the revolution.
* The incitement test was devised in Brandenburg v. Ohio, 395 U.S. 444 (1969):
The constitutional guarantees of free speech and free press do not permit a State to forbid or proscribe advocacy of the use of force or of law violation except where such advocacy is directed to inciting or producing imminent lawless action and is likely to incite or produce such action.Posted by Damian at March 19, 2012 04:00 PM