We’ve all gotten that random Facebook friend request that seems like someone you could know, so you think eh, why not. Members of the “Brower Boys,” a Brooklyn gang, will probably stifle that socially generous impulse in the future. Fourteen of the teenage gang’s alleged members were arrested for burglaries in Crown Heights; the cops tracked their activities via Facebook news feed after Michael Rodrigues, a young policeman, friended several. The guys posted things like “break-in day on the avenue,” so they weren’t exactly making things tough for the police. One, “Pretty Boy Sleepy,” posted pictures of himself with guns. Also probably not a great idea! These kids and their social networking. But their worst crime of all? Giving Ray Kelly the chance to test out this line: “They signed off on their messages with LOL — laughing out loud. Well, there was a person who was laughing out loud. That was Police Officer Michael Rodrigues of the 77th Precinct.” Not LOLing.
“Based on the current phased force laydown of approximately 5,900… personnel through Dec. 15, 2018, the estimated cost to deploy, operate, sustain, and redeploy forces is approximately $72 million.”