Suspect appears in court with “Q” sign from online conspiracy theory on hand
2 days ago
The initial reaction to news that reputed Gambino family crime boss Frank Cali had been fatally shot outside his home on Staten Island was to wonder whether New York City might be back on the brink of a mob turf war. There is a pattern to these things that, while dormant, is familiar: A crew whacks a gangster, and his crew retaliates. They go to the mattresses. They hunker down at the Bada Bing.
It soon became clear that this incident was not like the ones we see in movies. Shortly after Cali’s death, a 24-year-old named Anthony Comello was arrested in connection with the crime. Mr Comello did not have the résumé of a Mafia button man. In fact, it was reported that police believe he killed Cali because the crime boss would not let Mr Comello date his niece.
When Mr Comello appeared in court in New Jersey for an extradition hearing that would send him back to New York, he suddenly displayed a hand covered in scribbled text.
“United we stand,” he had written, along with “MAGA forever” – a reference to President Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America great again.”