The Heartless Felons gang gave its members orders to kill white police officers to avenge black lives taken by white police officers, including the Nov. 21 Tamir Rice shooting, officials said.
Detectives determined the threat was unsubstantiated after they investigated a screen shot of an email that spread through social media.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office received the tip and deemed it credible enough to reach out to local police departments to make them aware of the threat.
Sheriff’s office spokesman John O’Brien would not say where or when they got the tip.
O’Brien said the sheriff’s office declined to give specific information about the threat for fear that it would benefit the gang.