Blog Commenter Arrested For Threatening NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly

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A commenter who posted a threatening message on a local New York blog targeting NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly has been arrested, officials said.

According to authorities, the commenter, identified as 47-year-old Richard Strauss, posted the comment under the moniker "Ladder157" on the Gothamist website, in response to a recent published article titled "NYPD Spied On Muslims At Yale, Sent Undercover On Whitewater Rafting Trip."

In the comment, Strauss deemed Kelly "the enemy of the people and the constitution."

Strauss, who was reportedly arrested and charged in 2004 for firing shots out of his window, goes on to say, "As such, he should be treated as any other enemy of the U.S.A. would be. Kelly is a legitimate target due to his illegal actions.

"I took a federal oath to protect the U.S. Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic and Kelly is most assuredly a domestic enemy. A well placed round of 7.62 ammo to his thick skull would work quite well to eliminate the threat that he poses. All New Yorkers should aim their sights (both figuratively and literally) on this piece of excrement. Come get me Kelly if you have the balls and I don't mean the ones you suck on."

The NYPD took the threat seriously and subpoenaed Gothamist publisher Jake Dobkin, who upon assessing the seriousness of the situation, surrendered the commenter's IP address to authorities, leading to Strauss' arrest.

In a statement posted on the Gothamist website Wednesday, the site warned readers to use proper discretion when posting comments on the site.

"Just a friendly reminder that police officers are carefully monitoring your comments on the Internets, so you should probably refrain from threatening to kill anybody. Just sayin! Idiotic death threats are a clear violation of the Gothamist comment policy, and we will not hesitate to cooperate with the NYPD if you're making such threats."

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