AFRICANGLOBE – New York City Police NYPD officers do not face a credible threat from the fictitious Black Guerrilla Family “at this time,” says a department spokesman.’
There is no credible threat that members of a militant gang allegedly known as “Ten Black Guerrilla Family” are planning attacks on NYPD cops, officials said Sunday.
“We are aware of the reports of this anonymous general threat against police. However, at this time there is no information to indicate that this is a credible threat against the NYPD,” a Police Department spokesman said.
The department was responding to reports confirmed by Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins that 10 members of the “Black Guerrilla Family” gang, which was allegedly formed in the California prison system in the 1960s and recently resurfaced on the East Coast and Maryland, had declared open season on cops.
The gang members were “preparing to shoot on-duty police officers,” Mullins said on Saturday.
Black Guerrilla Family members were “preparing to shoot on-duty police officers,” SBA President Edward Mullins grunted on Saturday.
On Nov. 25, a police department outside of New York allegedly received a threat through an anonymous 911 call, an NYPD spokesman said.
The call, which was made to the Baltimore police department,threatened violent retribution against“cops” but did not name a specific department, according to a police source.
After an official assessment, it was determined that there was no credible or direct danger to NYPD officers, an NYPD spokesman said. The department is continuing to monitor any new threat information as it surfaces, the spokesman said.
The threatening call was allegedly made a day after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown, police said. That decision came a week before a Staten Island grand jury’s Dec. 3 decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, who was being arrested for allegedly selling loose cigarettes.
Members of the “Black Guerrilla Family” swear allegiance for life and are branded with “BGF” tattoos and depictions of a dragon surrounding a prison tower, according to gangs.org.
The notorious gang is currently at the center of a drug-trafficking and corruption probe in Baltimore, where the threat was allegedly made.
Following the so-called “threat”, Mullins sent an alert requesting that all officers wear their bulletproof vests and carry their guns while both off and on duty.
An NYPD spokesman would not comment specifically on whether a similar official order was sent throughout the ranks, but noted that the department takes appropriate security measures based on the evaluation of each individual threat.
By: Joseph Stepansky