Tweeter Behind Alleged Occupy Threat Against NYPD Speaks Out

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York City police are investigating what they say is an online threat made against police officers by an apparent Occupy protester following a clash at Zuccotti Park.

Police spokesman Paul Browne confirmed Sunday that the department was seeking a subpoena to identify the person.

Eileen Lehpamer of 1010 WINS spoke to the man who tweeted “we won’t make difference if we don’t kill a cop or two” Saturday night.

The individual lives in Florida and says he’s “military.” He says he is a supporter of the Occupy movement, but has never been to New York.

He doesn’t deny making the comments but tells 1010 WINS it’s not what he meant. He claims the tweet was part of an ongoing chat that he was having while watching the u-stream video from Zucotti Park.

“I don’t support that. I’ve never told anyone ‘Why don’t you go kill a cop today?’ I’ve never said that once. I never will support that,” he said.

“This was on an Occupy Wall Street discussion,” Browne said.

WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reports the NYPD is also looking into two phone calls made to police and their families that they say were threatening.

“Similar motivations apparently,” Browne added.

Hundreds of protesters had returned to Zuccotti Park near Wall Street on Saturday to mark the six months that have passed since the movement began.

Authorities say 73 people were detained. It was unclear how many were still in custody Sunday.

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  • Jeff Sayin

    If the NYPD was really concerned about this stupid ignorant comment, they would keep quiet while they tracked the idiot down.

    Instead the NYPD has launched a PR campaign to exploit this stupid comment in an attempt to drown out the news reports about the NYPD’s own inexcusable violation of citizen’s rights last night. see e.g. NY Times reporting

  • Chris

    We are a peaceful movement, Have been since Day 1 6 months ago, A real occupier would never make a comment like that. Makes me sick , you do not belong to the Occupy movement saty home we don’t want you with us.

    • Common-Sense Kidd

      ugh! thousands of arrests, public nudity, sex acts, riots, deaths, vandalism, etc. etc. The name itself “occupy” suggests an act of seizure that requires some degree of force in order to accomplish. That’s your definition of “peaceful”??? How do u define anarchy? YOU, and some others, may be peaceful, BUT this movement – as a whole – most certainly is NOT…by any degree of reason.

  • Gregory Miller von Richter

    Whoever made that comment did a big disservice to the OWS Cause. It’s not the cops personally. No doubt they were under orders from the Mayors Office. Many of the policeman may personally agree with your cause, however being a cop is being in a paramilitary service and you take your orders. Perhaps the best way to keep the violence down would be to work to remove the Mayor from Office. That’s where the power is. If the cops keep attacking the movement it will appear to be a political move, and half your case is won. You your heads and stop the threats.

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