Police agencies on edge, on guard amid heightened threats

Dallas Police respond after shots were fired at a Black Lives Matter rally in downtown Dallas on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Dallas protestors rallied in the aftermath of the killing of Alton Sterling by police officers in Baton Rouge, La. and Philando Castile, who was killed by police less than 48 hours later in Minnesota. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

ATLANTA (AP) – Police agencies across the U.S. are on edge and on guard after receiving threats and calls for violence against them on social media in the aftermath of the killings of two black men and the sniper attack that left five officers dead in Dallas. Some departments ordered officers to pair up or more generally said they were increasing security.

Authorities have said the Dallas gunman, who also wounded seven other officers and two civilians, wanted to “exterminate” whites. Since then, threats ranging from generic promises of violence to specific video postings have been made, heightening fears of further attacks.

In Dallas, authorities received an anonymous threat Saturday, prompting police to tighten security. Officers swarmed the department’s headquarters, searching for a reported suspicious person in a garage before issuing an all-clear.

1 thought on “Police agencies on edge, on guard amid heightened threats

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s