*Chicago gangs have reportedly formed a pact to shoot cops on sight, according to the FBI.
Chicago police have been warned that about 30 gangs in the city, including the Latin Kings and Vice Lords, have agreed to “shoot on-sight any cop that has a weapon drawn on any subject in public, according to an alert from FBI officials sent out Aug. 26, Yahoo reports.
The “Potential Activity Alert” was based on “a contact whose reporting is limited and whose reliability cannot be determined,” the alert states.
“Members of these gang factions have been actively searching for, and filming, police officers in performance of their official duties,” the alert added. “The purpose of which is to catch on film an officer drawing his/her weapon on any subject and the subsequent ‘shoot on-sight’ of said officer, in order to garner national media attention.”
The FBI’s Chicago office sent out an alert warning nearly three dozen street gangs have formed a pact to target CPD officers. https://t.co/XQ7d0mVOX4
— ABC 7 Chicago (@ABC7Chicago) September 1, 2020
Chicago police superintendent David Brown said he believes “people are seeking to do harm to cops.”
“I think it’s bigger than a suggestion,” Brown said, according to ABC7 Chicago. “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.”
He also said officers have observed “a sense of lawlessness” on the street.
“I think 51 officers being shot at or shot in one year, I think that quadruples any previous year in Chicago’s history,” Brown noted of the increased dangers for police officers. “So I think it’s more than a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops.”
A spokesperson from the FBI’s Chicago Field Office told Fox News that the Bureau’s mission “has always been to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States.”
“In support of that mission, we regularly share critically important intelligence regarding violent crime and officer safety with our federal, state, and local law enforcement partners,” the spokesperson added.
A Chicago police spokesperson told the outlet on Tuesday: “We have been made aware of this threat by a law enforcement partner. The Chicago Police Department takes all threats against officer safety seriously and we will take all necessary measures to safeguard our officers.”