( 4UMF NEWS ) Baltimore Police Receive Credible Threats:
The Baltimore Police Department said Monday it had received a “credible threat” that local gangs were targeting police officers.
A department announced that the Criminal Intelligence Unit had obtained information indicating “members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take out’ law enforcement officers.”
The department said law enforcement agencies and officers should take appropriate precautions.
The alert was issued as thousands of mourners gathered at a Baltimore church for the funeral of Freddie Gray, whose death April 19 while in police custody set off a week of protests.
Most of the protest were quiet — until Saturday night. Saturday’s rally began as a peaceful protest of more than 1,000 people. Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said he moved through the crowd, promising that his office was making systemic changes.
Batts, who is black, said the organized protest had essentially wrapped up when tense confrontations resulted in violence. He has blamed the violence on “agitators.”
The protesters “became very violent. They began to throw objects,” Batts said Saturday night. “They picked up aluminum barricades and smashed windows at our bars and pubs.”
Patrol cars were smashed. Six police officers suffered minor injuries; 34 people were arrested.
Batts said some residents moved between police and the angry crowd, urging the protesters not to damage the city. He commended police officers for showing “tremendous restraint” and city residents for helping tamp down the unrest.
“I am proud of our residents and our police officers,” Batts said. “The vast majority of residents out here did a good job. … A small number of people felt like they had to turn this into an ugly day.”