NYPD Catfishing Would-be Teen Criminals

NYPD cars line 42nd Street between 6th and 7th Avenues. -- Increased security is very visible in New York City in light a credible terrorist threat that was reported leading up to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
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A New York Times feature today about the NYPD’s attempts to reach potential juvenile offenders includes crucial information about the department’s frequently touted undercover Facebook activity: First, a detective “creates an avatar, typically the persona of a female teenager, and sends out ‘friend requests.’ Sometimes, accepted requests are followed by a come-on from the targeted teenager, like an inquiry about where the ‘girl’ lives or whether she wants to meet up.” No, kids, the random hot woman who sought you out randomly does not want to hang out. Now or ever.