Waterbury police have arrested a man accused of tweeting threatening messages against cops.
Police said they were first alerted to the tweets by New England High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. HIDTA interns were monitoring social media when they noticed an account tweeting “aggressive, anti-cop” comments. According to police, between July 6 and July 7 Twitter user @moeblak tweeted numerous messages to his 5,544 followers. The account has since been removed.
Police said the tweets contained comments like “We need to start making life hard for every cop that kills a innocent person. Bomb they house, hack they financial records, etc SOMETHING!!!” and “We can't remain non-violent. Not saying killing everybody but these cops in particular need to die."
According to police, investigation revealed the account belonged to Ramon A McFarlane III, 26, of Newbury Street in Waterbury. Police said they consulted with the state's attorney office and together determined there was probable cause that McFarlane communicated with the intention to incite fear and call for the explicit killings of a class of persons, that class being police officers.
McFarlane was arrested Friday July 8 and charged with inciting injury to persons or property and second-degree harassment. He posted a $25,000 bond.