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US Justice Dept issues warning to LEO’s that street gangs could actively be targeting them

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Police block demonstrators route into downtown during a protest, Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, during the final day of the Republican convention.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Police block demonstrators route into downtown during a protest, Thursday, July 21, 2016, in Cleveland, during the final day of the Republican convention.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


Experts fear there could be a repeat of a dark time in history for law enforcement.

In the late 80s and early 90’s, LEO’s were targeted by street gangs in Los Angeles who were unified in their intense hatred toward law enforcement. ABC News law enforcement contributor Steve Gomez said the situation deteriorated dramatically after the Rodney King verdict and 1992 riots.

He goes on to say that if this current movement to target and ‘assassinate’ cops “expands past lone wolves and mobilizes violent gang members nationwide, the effect could be overwhelming.”

The US Justice Dept’s National Gang Intelligence Center has issued a warning to agencies across the country that officers may be targeted, while in uniform or in plain clothes, particularly by organized street gangs.

The bulletin–which was released just 2 days before the attacks in Baton Rouge– said in part:

“Gang-related threats and attacks on LEOs [law enforcement officers] have been reported in multiple jurisdictions since the Dallas shootings, and suggest that individuals and gang members may be targeting LEOs for retaliatory violence.”

The bulletin also highlighted a July 2016 threat by a high-ranking member of Chicago’s Four Corner Hustlers street gang, who expressed a “serious desire to kill a federal law enforcement agent.”  The gang leader reasoned that the murder of a federal agent would “resonate louder than the death of a local police officer.”

Also, some black extremist groups are reportedly encouraging gangs nationwide to “unite and attack law enforcement,” the ABC article said.

FBI sources have indicated that United Blood Nation(UBN) leaders are urging members to initiate violence against police officers — promising them elevated status within the group if they do.

 

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