Judge turns loose thug who posted gun threat against cops

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This is from The New York Post.

This move by this judge dismissing the threat as some knuckled headed youthful joke.

This will embolden this thug to carry out his threats of some other thug will carry them out.

I am adding a picture of this judge so you can see what a walking talking asshole looks like.


Judge turns loose thug who posted gun threat against cops

Judge Laura Johnson (left) released Devon Coley (right) without bail after he made death threats against the NYPD on Facebook. Photo: Dan Brinzac, DCPI




A Brooklyn judge cut loose a gang member who hadposted online threats to gun down cops in the hoursafter two NYPD officers were executed in their patrol car — ignoring prosecutors’ pleas to keep him behind bars, The Post has learned.

Criminal Court Judge Laura Johnson let Devon Coley, 18, waltz free without bail despite the fact that he faces seven years behind bars on charges he made a terroristic threat — complete with an image of a killer shooting cops in their car — and is awaiting trial in two unrelated cases involving assault and gun possession.

Johnson’s stunning no-bail decision came just two days after Saturday’s broad-daylight slayings of OfficersRafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu by a gunman bent on avenging the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brownat the hands of police.

It also came after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plea earlier Monday for New Yorkers to “call 911” if they suspect someone is planning to attack the NYPD.

“She should resign from the bench,” said Dennis Quirk, head of the state court officers union. “She’s not fit to be a judge.”

Coley posted on Facebook a disturbing image of a gunman blasting away at a patrol car, with the phrase “73Nextt” — a reference to the 73rd Precinct, which covers his Brownsville neighborhood.

In other developments:

  • Sources said both slain cops will be buried in uniform, and de Blasio and Commissiner Bill Bratton are expected to deliver eulogies at their funerals.
  • De Blasio continued his bid to repair his public image as he joined a steady stream of visitors paying respects at the shooting scene in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Other mourners there included Deputy Commissioner Larry Byrne, whose cop brother, Edward, was similarly assassinated by four men in the line of duty in 1988.
  • City Hall and courts across the city observed a moment of silence at 2:47 p.m., the time that Ramos and Liu were gunned down Saturday. And major landmarks including the Empire State Building, 1 World Trade Center and the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree dimmed their lights for five minutes at 9 p.m.

Sources said Coley confessed to the threat but insisted he’d only reposted an image he’d seen elsewhere online, and felt “bad” and “sorry” about it afterward. One furious cop countered, “You can’t take these kinds of threats lightly, especially from a mutt like this.”

According to an NYPD “wanted” poster circulated after the online threat, Coley is a member of the ATC/180HII Crew gang.

The Post spotted him entering his apartment building Tuesday, but he refused to talk. A neighbor described him as “no good,” adding, “Young men like him think that kind of thing is justified.”

At his arraignment Monday night, Coley’s court-appointed lawyer, Daniel Ades, painted him as a mere “knucklehead” who didn’t intend to make good on his threat.

Prosecutor Tziyonah Langsam countered that what Coley did was “more than simply a knucklehead move.” Coley went further, justifying his vile threats by citing “what is going on with all police and everything.”

But Johnson — a former Legal Aid lawyer appointed to the bench last year by then-Mayor Mike Bloomberg — cut off Langsam’s bail bid.

The judge conceded that the posts were “stupid” and an “incredible inflammatory thing to do right now,” but added, “I think that for me to set bail because of the current climate — it would be a misuse of bail.”

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said, “In light of the seriousness of the charges and the defendant’s two pending felony cases, we believe a significant bail in the amount of $250,000, which is what we requested, was warranted.”

Johnson declined to comment through a spokesman, who cited court rules that bar judges from discussing pending cases.

“The only way to second-guess bail is to wait and see if the defendant does not return to court,” Office of Court Administration spokesman David Bookstaver said.

“In New York, bail can only be used to ensure a defendant returns to court. It cannot be used for preventive detention or as punishment.”


NYC police union launches campaign to keep mayor away from funerals

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This is from Yahoo News.

I must say I am in 100% in agreement with the union for the police officers.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said some pretty shameful things about police officers and needs to be barred from a fallen officer’s funeral.



NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York’s police union is showing its displeasure with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the head of the city council by starting a campaign to keep the two politicians away from funerals of fallen officers.

The campaign follows harsh criticism of de Blasio by Patrick Lynch, the head of the union, who said the mayor had failed to support the police after a grand jury decided against indicting a white officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.

Since the grand jury decision on Dec. 3, protesters have taken to New York streets to vent their anger over Garner’s death in July and to call for reforms in how police use force.

New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association posted a form on its website, for members to sign, that requests that de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito keep away from funeral services should an officer die in the line of duty.

The mayor and other senior city officials traditionally attend the funerals of fallen officers.

The form, entitled “Don’t Insult My Sacrifice”, accused the pair of “consistent refusal to show police officers the support and respect they deserve.”

In response, de Blasio and Mark-Viverito released a joint statement saying the union’s campaign was divisive. “Incendiary rhetoric like this serves only to divide the city, and New Yorkers reject these tactics,” local media quoted them as saying in the statement.

De Blasio has made it clear that he is concerned by Garner’s death and how police treat African-Americans in general. Immediately after the grand jury’s decision in the Garner case, the mayor said he had warned his bi-racial son Dante to take special caution in any dealings with police officers.

Largely peaceful protests have also taken place nightly in major U.S. cities since a grand jury returned a no indictment decision after a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in August.

The protests have intensified since the decision on the Garner case, and other police shootings in New York, Cleveland and elsewhere.

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