In the wake of the Eric Garner grand jury decision, a gang of militants that calls itself the Black Guerrilla Family has declared open season on the New York Police Department, the Daily News reports.
The gang, formed in the 1960s in the California prison system, recently surfaced on the East Coast and Maryland, where members are at the heart of a drug-trafficking and corruption probe within the Baltimore prison system.
Members swear allegiance for life and sport “BGF” tattoos, as well as ink depicting a dragon surrounding a prison tower, according to gangs.org.
Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins told the paper that a credible threat has been received that members of the gang are “preparing to shoot on duty police officers.”
The NYPD first learned of the threat Friday evening — three days after a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in Eric Garner’s death.
Mullins said he believes the threat is “related to the whole atmosphere”in the nation, referring to recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere and the protests that have been mounted since. In one of them, yesterday in Berkeley, Calif., two officers were injured when they were struck by bricks hurled by demonstrators.
An alert to NYPD personnel by Mullins urges:
Please WEAR your VESTS and carry your firearm off-duty along with additional magazines. Your priority is to go home at the end of your tour!
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