After Baltimore police reported a “credible threat” that some of the notorious gangs around the nation—including the Black Guerrilla Family, the Bloods, and the Crips—have ordered their members to target officers, various police departments are taking steps to protect their officers.
The Los Angeles Police Department told their officers to ride in pairs; the Connecticut State Police sent out a bulletin to their troopers; the Fairfield, Connecticut, police made a pubic request for citizens to report “suspicious activities”; and the San Francisco Police Department acknowledged it is taking “tactical precautions.”
The Baltimore Police Department’s statement read:
The Baltimore Police Department / Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to “take-out” law enforcement officers.
This is a credible threat. Law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers.
Notification will be sent via NLETS. Further information will be sent through appropriate channels.
Media is requested to distribute this information to the public and law enforcement nationwide.
Lt. James Perez of the Fairfield Police Department asserted, “It’s almost a declaration of war. We’re talking about a serious public safety issue, because if that’s the case, and the officers aren’t safe, no one is safe in any community anywhere in this country.”
In July 2014, the Bloods vowed to avenge the death of a cop-killer who was shot by police by targeting officers stationed on the Pulaski Skyway, saying they were “sitting ducks” at a “fixed post.” They had already promised to kill Jersey City police officers over the shooting. State Police sent out a memo telling police to take the threats seriously.
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