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article imageJoke on Twitter gone awry, NYPD seeking Occupy tweeter

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By Anne Sewell
Mar 20, 2012 in World
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New York - The NYPD is looking for a Twitter user who made an inappropriate tweet after the recent Occupy Wall Street anniversary protest. They think OWS protestes wants to kill police officers.
Digital Journal reported recently on the anniversary protest of Occupy Wall Street and the NYPD crack down on the protesters. OWS was celebrating their 6 month anniversary and showing the world that they are still alive and well.
Now it seems that a tweeter, "Smackema1" living in Florida, sent a joke tweet on Saturday: “we won’t make a difference if we don’t kill a cop or 2.” The NYPD is trying to find the tweeter.
On Saturday, as the protesters were marching to Zuccotti Park, the NYPD arrived, arresting several individuals. Later in the evening the police moved into Zuccotti Park to shut it down, placing barricades around the park.
Reports say that 73 protesters who were attempting to occupy the park were arrested.
Occupy Wall Street 17 March 2012
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Occupy Wall Street 17 March 2012
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Aaron Black, a protester at the march said that they had planned on staying in the park for 24 hours, but cops started “using their clubs and beating the crap out of people.”
Video footage on the OWS live feed (similar to that shown above) apparently prompted the tweeter to make the comment in jest, at around 11:39 pm that night.
Now the police are trying to get a subpoena to find the person behind the Twitter account and bring them to justice.
Gothamist reports that the tweeter is based in Florida and just wants to keep up to date with the OWS movement.
Occupy Wall Street 17 March 2012
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Occupy Wall Street 17 March 2012
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He has apparently said anonymously that it was just a prank and is being taken too seriously: “It’s not like I meant anything of it, I’m in Florida, what am I going to do,” he said.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said police are also investigating alleged telephone threats made to 2 policemen and their families on Saturday.
A while back Digital Journal reported on the plight of a British tourist who made a joke on Twitter. Leigh van Bryan tweeted: "Free this week, for quick gossip/prep before I go and destroy America."
The result of this joke was that the US Department of Homeland Security were waiting for him and his travelling companion on arrival at Los Angeles Airport. They were both jailed for 12 hours and then returned to the United Kingdom.
Seems you have to be very careful what you tweet these days!
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