Amid chaotic protests surrounding the death of Freddie Grey in Baltimore, law enforcement officials have issued a warning for cops across the country to be on guard.
On April 27, the day the turmoil in Baltimore came to a head, the Baltimore Police Department issued a press release declaring that their Criminal Intelligence Unit had “received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to ‘take-out’ law enforcement officers.”
The memo emphasizes that the threat is credible, and requests that the information be distributed to the public and law enforcement agencies nationwide. Whether this request was made because the Baltimore police believe that the alleged alliance is national in scope or due to a desire for broad awareness of the situation in Baltimore is unknown.
In either case, the New Jersey State Fraternal Order of Police is erring on the side of caution, and has issued a memo for New Jersey police officers to be on guard, citing the Baltimore Police’s warning.
The memo, issued on Facebook, warns “all of our members to continue to be vigilant and ever aware of your surroundings during your tour of duty.”
The memo continues, “it may be prudent to use extra caution while off duty, especially if wearing police/union related clothing or apparel, which would identify you as a LEO at a time when you are alone, or with your family and without your vest or other defensive gear.”
While news media in Baltimore have reported that local gangs deny making any such pact against law enforcement, the memos from law enforcement are indicative of high levels of tension between cops and protestors, in Baltimore and across the country.
Given the proximity of New Jersey to Baltimore, and the high rate of complaints against police in places like Atlantic City, it’s not unthinkable for similar protests or riots to occur in the Garden State. Of course, all residents hope in earnest that peace and order remain constant, the situation in Baltimore proves that this is not always the case.
If you’re a resident of Freehold, Ocean County, Toms River, Trenton, Atlantic City, or anywhere else in New Jersey, and you get stuck in a situation similar to what’s happening in Baltimore, it’s entirely possible that you could end up in jail just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. If this happens, call Chance BailBonds at (877) 647-5731. We’ll get you out of jail quickly and easily, no questions asked.