A "situational awareness report," dated Aug. 26, explains that members of these street gang factions have been "actively searching for, and filming, police officers in performance of their official duties." In the event that an officer is caught "drawing his/her weapon on any subject," members of these street gangs have been instructed to "shoot-on-sight ... in order to garner national media attention."
Though such alerts are commonly distributed to law enforcement agencies even when they are very unspecific, this one comes with an added sense of urgency and severity as roving mobs of Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa terrorists tear up cities and neighborhoods in the name of "social justice."
At the same time, the FBI has admitted that this "Potential Activity Alert" came from "a contact whose reporting is limited and whose reliability cannot be determined." This means it could have come from a police street source, a cooperating witness in a case that is ongoing, or from discussions overheard on a wiretap or other surveillance recording.
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According to Chicago Police Department (CPD) Superintendent David Brown, the threat is likely credible because his department increasingly faces what he described to the media as a "sense of lawlessness." The dangers posed to police officers are real and increasing, he says, especially with each subsequent shooting or altercation involving black criminals.
"I think it's bigger than a suggestion," he is quoted as saying. "I think 51 officers being shot at or shot in one year, I think that quadruples any previous year in Chicago's history. So I think it's more than a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops."
Just last weekend, some 54 people were shot in Chicago, including two police officers. Both of them are expected to live, but 10 of these 54 ended up dying. Keep in mind that back in May, a shocking 18 people were murdered in Chicago in a single 24-hour period, the deadliest day ever recorded for the Windy City.
Supt. Brown is convinced that these spikes in violence are being done specifically by people who are "seeking to do harm to cops." He is thus calling on both police officers and community members to "push back fervently against lawlessness."
I-Team Chicago, reporting on the FBI bulletin, says CPD is fully aware of the gang threat, which includes names such as the Latin Kings, the Vice Lords, the El Rukns, and the Black P Stones. The department is responding by taking all necessary measures to ensure the safety of its officers.
So far this year, Chicago has seen 2,152 shootings and 505 murders.
Commenting on the development, one commenter at the DailyMail Online (United Kingdom) wrote that it is shameful for Mayor Lori Lightfoot to not accept any federal assistance to help deal with the problem of escalating violence against police.
"The Mayor would rather sacrifice police lives than accept federal assistance," this person wrote. "Politics over lives. Shameful."
Another wrote that it is probably not a good idea for gangs or anyone else to shoot-on-sight at cops, seeing as how they are armed and well-trained in self-defense.
"Cops should have the same policy towards the gangs," wrote yet another.
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