Chicago, IL – A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alert to Chicago police said street gangs have agreed that if their members see an officer with a weapon pointed at someone, they will shoot the officer on the spot.
WLS obtained a copy of an Aug. 26 “situational information report” by the FBI that said “members of these gang factions have been actively searching for, and filming, police officers in performance of their official duties. 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 alert, headlined “Pact Made by People Nation Gang Factions to ‘Shoot On-Site’ Any Police Officer with a Weapon Drawn” listed a number of well-known Chicago street gangs, including the Latin Kings, the Vice Lords, El Rukns, and the Black P Stones.
The FBI report said the information in the “Potential Activity Alert” came from “a contact whose reporting is limited and whose reliability cannot be determined.”
That description means the tip came from a street source, a cooperating witness in an ongoing case, or from something that was heard on a wiretap or in other surveillance, WLS reported.
There were unconfirmed reports that gang members have been shadowing Chicago police officers at work, trying to catch them in an altercation where they raise their weapon so they can shoot the officer while filming.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown would not comment on the warning about the gang pact at a press conference on Monday to discuss violent crime in the city over the weekend.
However, Chief Brown did address what he called an overall “sense of lawlessness” that Chicago police were facing, WLS reported.
The superintendent told reporters that the dangers to police officers were very real and getting worse.
“I think it’s bigger than a suggestion,” he said. “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.”
The city’s top cop pointed to the sharp increase in attacks on Chicago police and said that “people are seeking to do harm to cops,” WLS reported.
“We need police officers, and as community members we need to push back fervently against lawlessness,” Superintendent Brown said.
Two police officers were shot over the weekend, WLS reported.
Both were expected to survive the gunshots wounds they sustained during a 2:30 a.m. traffic stop.
WLS reported there was no indication that the shooting of the two officers was connected to the gang threat alert issued by the FBI.
Chicago police released a statement that said the department was aware of the gang threat and that they take all threats seriously.
The statement said the department was taking all necessary measures to safeguard officers, WLS reported.
There were 54 shootings in Chicago over the weekend, and 10 people died.