Connecticut man arrested for Twitter threats: “Imma kill a cop today”, “break every one of these cops ribcages”

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SANDY HOOK, CT – While freedom of speech is a beautiful thing, verbal or written threats made against people are far from protected – as one local man from Sandy Hook, Connecticut recently found out.

Reports indicate that a man posted that he wanted to “kill a cop today” on Twitter on June 24th, and found himself arrested after making said post.

Connecticut man arrested for Twitter threats: "Imma kill a cop today", "break every one of these cops ribcages"
Alexander Hassinger – Source Twitter

Alexander Hassinger, who goes by the Twitter handle @forwearenothing, posted the following on Twitter that led to his arrest:

“Imma kill a cop today and when they ask me why i did it imma tell them he was acting nervous and looked at me wrong.”

Connecticut man arrested for Twitter threats: "Imma kill a cop today", "break every one of these cops ribcages"
Twitter screenshot of the now deleted post by Twitter

Apparently, a Twitter user based out of Virginia saw the offensive posting and promptly contacted authorities based out of Connecticut.

Police reports show that Hassinger was arrested by state police from his home located in Sandy Hook shortly after 5:00 p.m. on June 24th, mere hours after making the threatening post. Not long after Hassinger’s arrest, he was subsequently freed after posting a $10,000 bond.

Connecticut man arrested for Twitter threats: "Imma kill a cop today", "break every one of these cops ribcages"
Connecticut man arrested for Twitter threats: “Imma kill a cop today”, “break every one of these cops ribcages”

You’d think that the experience would have toned down the smug and arrogant antics of the accused, but apparently, he’s being rather nonchalant toward the whole matter based upon his subsequent posts detailing his arrest.

On the same day that Hassinger was arrested and bonded out, he posted the following on Twitter:

“i got arrested for a tweet y’all that’s wild.”

However, many online are trolling Hassinger for not employing enough common sense to have avoided using the platform to boisterously proclaim threats against law enforcement officers.

In another tweet following his disregard for the whole situation, Hassinger wrote the following:

“i was arrested today for essentially cyber bullying the police while Breonna Taylor’s murderers walk free.”

While the case of Breonna Taylor referenced in the tweet is a controversial subject with regard to the discourse ongoing throughout the country, the existence of a perceived injustice doesn’t somehow mean that other arrests for alleged criminal acts will be disregarded.  

Some online are coming to the defense of Hassinger, clamoring about “free speech”, with other users pointing out that not all speech is “free speech.” One user replied to someone coming to Hassinger’s defense saying:

“There’s a difference between free speech and threatening to murder somebody.”

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The same individual who was adamantly defending Hassinger’s social media antics then pivoted to proclaiming that the tweet that led to his arrest was “an obvious joke.” This resulted in another response demonstrating a “what if the shoe was on the other foot” posing:

“dude got arrested for making a threat to murder people. If someone jokingly threatened to kill a black person on Twitter would you hold the same opinion?”

Even Hassinger is trying to claim that his online post was nothing but satirical. In a post he put up the day following his arrest, he was criticizing the media coverage that he was getting over his online threats:

“’threatening’ and ‘disturbing’ are the key adjectives they are using to describe my satirical tweet but while we’re here what about the disturbing and actually threatening atrocities that the police have committed not only recently but for countless years before internet exposure.”

The fact of the matter is, whether Hassinger’s online post was an attempt at satire or not, it was clearly a post vying for attention (as every social media post is exactly that). In response, Hassinger certainly got himself quite a bit of attention, but it was perhaps not the kind he was hoping to receive.

Furthermore, it is hard to digest Hassinger’s online activity as just “satire” as in a previous post he stated “I wanna body slam and break every one of these cops ribcages” when sharing a video of an arrest enacted where officers detained a suspect.

Connecticut man arrested for Twitter threats: "Imma kill a cop today", "break every one of these cops ribcages"
Hassinger twitter post on wanting to break officers ribs

It is unclear what will come of the case and the time that Hassinger could be facing with regard to the incident that led to his arrest at this time. However, it brings to light a solid point to consider to genuinely think before you hit “post.”

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