Thanks To The Representation Provided By Legal Aid, Queens DA's Office Drops Charges Against Aspiring Rapper
FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013

The Queens DA's Office dropped charges of terroristic threats against an aspiring rapper after a Grand Jury found there was no probable cause to pursue the case. Tasha Lloyd-Garcia, a Staff Attorney in the Queens Criminal Office, represented Remel Newson, 20, who was accused of posting threats on his Facebook page in reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict. Tasha said her client posted lyrics inspired by a Drake song on his Facebook page. The first post was actually a cut and paste from someone else's page.

Tasha told DNA Info New York that she was "disturbed" by the NYPD obtaining a search warrant based on her client's Facebook posts.




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Charges Dropped Against Man Accused of Making Threats After Zimmerman Trial
July 26, 2013
By Katie Honan

QUEENS — Charges were dropped against a Far Rockaway man accused of making terroristic threats on his Facebook page in reaction to the George Zimmerman verdict, the Queens DA's office said.

Police said Remel Newson, 20, posted the threats — including what his lawyer said were lyrics inspired by a Drake song — on his Facebook page July 17.

According to the criminal complaint, Newson used the hashtag "Kill all whites" and also wrote "let's kill cops nd [sic] neighborhood watcher."

He also allegedly posted another threatening status later in the day that said "da floccs in da lobby we grip with da shotie nd we'll catch a body."

His lawyer, Tasha Lloyd-Garcia, says Newson is an aspiring rapper and posted his own lyrics to the song "Versace" by Drake.

The first post, she said, was cut-and-pasted from someone else's page.

On Tuesday, a grand jury found that there was not probable cause to pursue the case, the DA's office said.

Officers at the 101st Precinct also found marijuana inside a locked bedroom inside Newson's home on Beach 47th Street and charged him with drug possession. Those charges were also dropped.

Lloyd-Garcia said on Monday she was "disturbed" by the NYPD obtaining a search warrant based on her client's Facebook posts.

"It doesn't seem like it would meet the standard for probable cause to get a search warrant," she said. "There's no common scheme or plans to carry anything out."

Newson has a prior conviction for assault and served eight months of a two-year prison sentence before being released in May, authorities said. He was accused of strangling, punching and pushing a woman in Far Rockaway, according to the DA's office.




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Queens Man Arrested for Making Facebook Threats After Zimmerman Verdict
July 22, 2013

QUEENS — A Far Rockaway man was arrested and charged with making terroristic threats on Facebook about killing white people and police officers in response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, according to a criminal complaint.

Police said Remel Newson, 20, posted the threats — including what his lawyer said were lyrics inspired by a song by Drake — as a Facebook status on his wall on July 17.

Newson has a prior conviction for assault and served eight months of a two-year prison sentence before being released in May, authorities said. He was accused of strangling, punching and pushing a woman in Far Rockaway, according to the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

He used the hashtag "Kill all whites" and also wrote "let's kill cops nd [sic] neighborhood watcher," according to the complaint.

Newson also allegedly posted another threatening status later in the day that said "da floccs in da lobby we grip with da shotie nd we'll catch a body. [sic]"

His lawyer, Tasha Lloyd-Garcia, says Newson is an aspiring rapper and posted his own lyrics to the song "Versace" by Drake.

The first post, she said, was cut-and-pasted from someone else's page.

Cops said Newson broadcasted the status to his 1,811 friends, and the status was "liked" by seven people, including the suspect.

Officers from the 101st Precinct also found marijuana inside a bedroom at Newson's Beach 47th Street home, according to the complaint.

When they arrested him, police said Newson told them he "f----- up" and the post was a "stupid mistake."

The NYPD would not comment on details of the arrest.

Lloyd said she was "disturbed" by the NYPD obtaining a search warrant based off of her client's Facebook posts.

"It doesn't seem like it would meet the standard for probable cause to get a search warrant," she said. "There's no common scheme or plans to carry anything out."

Newson was arraigned Friday and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday.