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NYPD Makes Sixth Arrest for Threats Against Police

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New York City police have now made a sixth arrest in connection with threats made against the NYPD since the slaying of two officers on Saturday.

Authorities say Jose Maldonado, 26, turned himself in on Wednesday. He is charged with making terroristic threats on Facebook threatening to kill officers.

Devon Coley, 18, turned himself in Sunday, claiming responsibility for a Facebook post in which he stated "73 Next," referring to the 73rd precinct in Brownsville. He also posted a picture of a gun pointed at a police officer.

Coley was released on his own recognizance and will be back in court January 9.

Yasin Shearin, 16, also turned himself in after police say he posted the same threatening photo as Coley. However the two are not connected.

Shearin is due back in court on Monday.

Among the others charged are two men accused of falsely reporting threats from other people, as well a man who also made several threatening phone calls to at least two precincts.

Meanwhile a number of police unions have been warning members to be extra careful.

The Lieutenants Benevolent Association sent a letter to its members urging them to be armed both on and off duty, and to refrain from wearing anything or posting anything on social media that identifies them as being in law enforcement.

Mayor de Blasio also released a statement Wednesday saying that no threat to the police will be tolerated.

"New York City stands with our police officers in this time of tragedy, as we do every day, and our city will not be intimidated by those spouting hateful, violent messages," the statement said in part. "We will protect the men and women who protect us."

Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed and killed Saturday in Brooklyn by a man seeking revenge for the death of Eric Garner at the hands on police in July.

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