The mainstream media has given extensive coverage to the slaying of two unarmed black men by police, the decisions by two grand juries not to indict an officer, and the demonstrations protesting those two events.
But they have given far less attention to the recent threats and physical and verbal attacks against the police.
"Let's face it: There's been, not just in New York but throughout the country, very strong anti-police, anti-criminal-justice system, anti-societal initiatives underway," New York City Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said.
Among the threats and attacks:
1. Police in New York on Monday arrested an 18-year-old in Brooklyn for posting "terrorist threats" against the police on Facebook. Police say Devon Coley posted "73nxt", an apparent reference to the NYPD's 73rd precinct in Brooklyn, along with a cartoon depicting a disembodied arm holding a gun to a police officer's head.
2. The NYPD has been investigating more than 15 threats to officers posted on various social media platforms, a senior official disclosed.
3. The FBI alerted police in Pittsburgh this week about a report they received regarding threats to kill local law enforcement officers.
4. A man in Memphis, Tennessee, has been questioned after allegedly posting threats against the NYPD. "Good job. Kill em all I'm on the way to NY now #shootthepolice 2 more going down tomorrow," his message read.
5. A video clip shows demonstrators in New York City chanting: "What do we want? Dead cops!"
6. A message scrawled in chalk on the sidewalk near police headquarters in Manhattan read "NYPD KKK." Another read "Avenge our children."
7. Two police lieutenants were physical attacked by a mob during a demonstration on the Brooklyn Bridge.
8. A City University professor in New York allegedly tried to toss a heavy metal garbage can onto other officers from the bridge's elevated roadway.
9. An activist in Ferguson, Missouri, where teenager Michael Brown was killed by police, is shown on tape shouting and challenging police officers during a demonstration. Bassem Masri called several cops "pig" and "coward" to their faces, and told one: "Your life is in danger, homie!" To others he shouted "I'm praying for your death."
10. Anti-police sentiment led to tragedy on Dec. 21, when a man in Tarpon Springs, Fla., shot and then ran over Charles Kondek, a 17-year veteran of the police force. Marco Antonio Parilla has been charged with first-degree murder.
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