The Chicago Police Department confirmed an FBI intelligence report that street gangs had made a pact to kill any police officer seen with his weapon drawn against a person.
Fox News obtained verification of the emergency alert from the Chicago police, which instructs members “to ‘shoot-on-sight any cop that has a weapon drawn on any subject in public’.”
The “Potential Activity Alert” from FBI officials was sent out Aug. 26, according to ABC7, which says it has obtained a copy of it.
The alert—lists around 36 gangs and mentions “members of these gang factions have been actively searching for, and filming, police officers in the performance of their official duties,” according to ABC7.
“The purpose of which is to catch on film an officer drawing his/her weapon on any subject and the subsequent ‘shoot on-site’ of said officer, in order to garner national media attention,” it added, according to the station.
“We have been made aware of this threat by a law enforcement partner,” a Chicago police spokesperson told Fox News on Tuesday, Sept. 1. “The Chicago Police Department takes all threats against officer safety seriously and we will take all necessary measures to safeguard our officers.”
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown said, according to ABC7, he is concerned that “people are seeking to do harm to cops.”
“I think it’s bigger than a suggestion,” Brown 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.”
Chicago alderman Anthony Napolitano has criticized any moves to defund the police.
“I have stated for many years that this anti-police movement in the city of Chicago and across the nation would create a brazen criminal element,” he said in a statement. “The kowtowing to domestic terrorists hiding under the cloak of social justice and the failure to prosecute criminals put us where we are today,” reports Fox News.
“The shoot-on-sight declaration against our Chicago police officers is just another huge crack in the foundation holding up Chicago,” he added. “We have seen 2,815 people shot and 520 murdered in Chicago in just eight months. Now we have a bounty on our police officers and yet there’s still idiotic talk to defund the police.”
Napolitano spoke to Tucker Carlson in July on the “Tucker Carlson Show” and explained the steps Chicago could take to end the violence.
“The first step is definitely take President Trump’s help. If you don’t want the feds on the street, have them work the warrants, infiltrate the gangs, implement RICO charges, go after the drugs. We have 117,000 gang members on the street. Hit them where it hurts, in the money,” Napolitano said. “The second thing we have to do is, is we need a state’s attorney here that’s actually going to press criminal charges. Our state’s attorney right now celebrates the catch and release process. It’s killing us over here.”