New York Daily News

February 3, 2015, 12:52 PM



Winking smiley face: Brooklyn teen boy's emoji cop threat charges tossed by grand jury


Terror charges have been dropped against Osiris Aristy, 17, who was accused of threatening police on Facebook with symbols depicting guns aimed at a cop’s head, his lawyer said, adding client ‘never threatened to act on that.’ Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch questioned the decision, saying, ‘These types of calls for violence have been acted upon by the fanatical and unhinged.’


Osiris Aristy, of Brooklyn, beat the emoji rap but still faces a weapons possession charge.

The next emoji Osiris Aristy posts on social media might be a smiley face with a tongue sticking out.

Terror charges have been dropped against the 17-year-old from Brooklyn, who was accused of threatening police on Facebook with symbols known as emojis, his lawyer said Tuesday.

A grand jury declined to indict Aristy for posting an emoji of a police officer with three guns pointing at the cop, his Legal Aid attorney Fred Pratt said.

"I don't think he actually threatened anyone," Pratt told the Daily News. "He expressed a dislike of the police based on a particular experience, but never threatened to act on that."

The Brooklyn District Attorney's office did not comment on the grand jury's decision.

Aristy allegedly threatened police during a status update Jan. 15, officials said.

The cop and gun emojis were next to the message, "N---- run up on me, he gunna get blown down."