Are Cops’ Families Exempt From Prosecution Too?
The teenage daughter of a New Jersey state trooper will not be charged with any crimes after posting and sharing online threats against Jews with her friends –including threatening to bomb a popular gathering place for Orthodox Jews — reports the Asbury Park Press.
The unidentified teen, who has posted multiple pictures of her herself on Twitter dressed as Adolf Hitler, tweeted a photo of young Orthodox families sitting outside an Italian ice shop in Jackson, New Jersey with a caption reading: “perfect bombing time.”
In another photo, the young woman is wearing a makeshift Nazi uniform — incorporating a New Jersey state trooper uniform hat — giving a ‘Heil Hitler’ salute, with a caption reading, “1944: crematorium crew.”
Another tweet re-posted by the young woman reads, “I really wanna drive around Lakewood and run over every Jew with my car.”
According to Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office spokesperson Al Della Fave, what the teen and her friends posted on social media doesn’t rise to the level of a criminal offense despite the nature of the threats.
“There was never any danger being posed to the community,” Della Fave explained. “It didn’t rise to anything criminal.”
Della Fave also stated that the decision to not charge the teen has nothing to do with the fact that her father is in law enforcement.
“That would not be something that would be a determining factor,” he said. “That has no bearing on the case.”
Ibraham Hooper, communications director for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, questioned whether charges would have been filed if the teen and her friends weren’t white.
“If it had been a Muslim, this almost certainly would have been handled differently,” Hooper said. “If it’s associated with Muslims, it will be viewed as terrorism. If not, it will be viewed as something random and minor.”
Avi Schnall, New Jersey director of Agudath Israel which represents the Orthodox community, supported the decision not to file charges, but lamented the teen’s actions.
“We could comfort ourselves and say that these are just immature teenagers fooling around,” said Schnall. “But when Hitler becomes another costume that teenagers dress up in, and bombing a group of Jews becomes humorous, that tells us something is very wrong with our society.”
The father of a young woman refused to answer questions about her activities and the activities of her friends telling a reporter, “You’re talking about a minor. No interviews.”