“We’re Going To Be Watching”: New York Police Arrest Man Over Allegedly Threatening Statements and Images Posted On Facebook

24FE2B9600000578-0-Aristy_s_Facebook_profile_features_many_photos_of_him_either_smo-m-44_1422071322717We have been following the response of police in the aftermath of the murder of two officers in New York. One fear is that this effort will extend to areas of free speech and the arrest this week of a teenager boy in Brooklyn would seem to confirm those concerns. Osiris Aristy posted what police consider to be threatening text and digital cartoon images – or emoji on Facebook. He was arrested for terroristic threats as well as criminal possession of a weapon, criminal use of drugs and criminal possession of marijuana. His bail was set at $150,000.

The posting have since been deleted or taken down, but there are included below.

The emojis show policemen with guns pointed at them and Aristy posted a January 15 photo of Aristy with a revolver and rounds of ammunition captioned: “feel like katxhin a body right now.” There was also a post that read: “N***a run up on me, he gunna get blown down.”

24FE2B7B00000578-0-image-a-37_1422066181121Aristy seems to relish the image of a thug and there is nothing redeeming in his postings. However, the question is where police draw the line between speech and criminal conduct. Prosecutors alleged that the posts “caused New York City police to fear for their safety.” Yet, this type of trash talk is common among rappers and others in popular media. Indeed, some of the language is hard to decipher like “F**k the 83 104 79 98 73 PCTKKKK” and “U know how I rock scrap.” There is a nature lack of sympathy of characters like Aristy but the arrest returns us to the question of “violent speech” and when it can criminalized (here and here and here).

If the arrest is found to have been made in violation of the free speech protection, it could implicate other evidence found at the scene though police could claim an exception to suppression. The subsequent search uncovered a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson firearm in his bedroom and more than 25 grams of marijuana in his living room packaged in 21 Ziplock bags.

83rd Precinct Inspector Maximo Tolentino is quoting that “You make a threat on the internet, we’re going to be watching.” The question is what constitutes a real threat and the implications of the government watching for statements deemed criminal on the Internet.

Where do you think the line should be drawn?

Here are the posts that led to the arrest of Aristy:

Source: CBS

53 thoughts on ““We’re Going To Be Watching”: New York Police Arrest Man Over Allegedly Threatening Statements and Images Posted On Facebook”

  1. And yeah for the Kurds!!! I’m happy to hear they had the support of US-led airstrikes. (What does “US-led mean? Were there US planes involved, or did we just provide training???) I hope we took an active role against this very serious threat.

  2. Sometimes it can be hard to draw the line between someone who is really making a serious threat, and someone’s who’s just another idiot thug trying (desperately) to look cool. “Hey, date me, I’ll be leaving and going to prison soon on the path I’m on! Aren’t I a catch!”

    To be honest, I’d have a hard time differentiating between the real threat and the street talk. How can you tell?

  3. What should be concerning is the fact the police are ‘patrolling’ Facebook and arresting people on garbage like this. Are we really supposed to believe the police aren’t watching until a perceived threat is made? People get ‘swatted’ over stuff like this and innocent people get hurt.

  4. I wonder if the defenders of this idiot would feel the same if he was saying he planned on rapping women. Although I’m not sure how the illiterate punk would spell any of it. Maybe his is talking about rape.

  5. Many enabling whites think the same as these losers. And, some are Ivy league educated!

  6. “Haters gotta hate.” Black youth, uneducated, often illiterate, w/ no fathers, have been led to believe the cops are their number one problem. Hell, cops don’t make the top 10 list of their problems.

    1. Government is always the problem but too bad so-called liberty lovers think those who are agents of government are innocent angels. Then again many of these people correctly criticized one part of the police state but then make excuses for another.

  7. Does any of that gibberish make sense to people here?

    Is it Ebonics? Is he typing random characters? Is he schizophrenic and these are neologisms? Secret code amongst urban yoots?

    I need a decoder ring.
    Maybe it says “Drink more Ovaltine

  8. How the “authorities” do not see that the arrest of Aristy does not prove Aristy’s point to a great many of his peers is beyond me. It only takes one person to act where Aristy talked and the police have perhaps caused one of there own to be hurt. Leave the kid alone.

  9. Punk who smoke are on a run for suicide. Guns are quicker. Sterilize him and his mom.

  10. Unfortunately the police and the city have done more in this move to turn this kid into something more dangerous than an attention seeking adolescent. Pot, rap, and pushing a few buttons will become, if he gets off, an empowered example of facing down the police. If he gets convicted and does time, the result of that are is too obvious.

    The kid is a child in adult clothing and should have been left to hopefully mature. Just as with the threats from the City of Boston to its employees not to ‘dis’ the games, one has to wait until an action is taken before it gets its day in court. Now this move by the city will not only get a day in court but potentially worsen the situation. The more attention you pay to a screaming child, the more it screams.

  11. I hope for the prosecution’s case there is more than just these Facebook entries.

  12. Criminalizing of free speech is what this is and because of the image Aristy chooses for himself very few will defend him. In fact many will cheer on if/when the state stooges arrest him for simply speaking his mind. It also wouldn’t surprise me if/when they arrest him that the stenographers in the media will dig up everything from his past in order to paint as a dangerous criminal when assuming his only “crime” at the time of said arrest is “contempt of cop” which many “law and order” types support.

  13. Many many people use aggressive language describing their interest in attacking others — Congressmen in particular, sometimes Presidents, often the military. Only the “low hanging fruit”, those living in poverty are arrested for doing so.

  14. I believe ” 83 104 79 98 73 PCTKKKK” refers to Precinct Numbers (and maybe the KKK.)

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