A 17-year-old was arrested for a Facebook status and emoji that he posted. What he posted, though, was something that could be easily misconstrued.
Osiris Aristy posted an emoji on his Facebook page that the NYPD claimed was a threat to the welfare of its officers. Slate explains:
On Jan. 15, Osiris Aristy opened up Facebook, posted a photo of a gun and wrote, “feel like katxhin [catchin'] a body right now.” Later that night, he added, “[expletive deleted] run up on me, he gunna get blown down” and followed that with an emoji of a police officer and three gun emoji pointing at it. After an hour, he posted another similar message.
This isn't the first time that this has happened, either.