Here we go again…
A gang is calling for the deaths of cops after a criminal was shot after producing a weapon. So far 36 LEOs in Memphis have been injured in the ensuing protests.
WLBT reports that the Mississippi Department of Public Safety released a bulletin to law enforcement on Thursday evening warning of a threat against all law enforcement by the Gangster Disciples street gang.
Twenty-year-old Brandon Webber was shot by U.S. Marshals in Memphis after ramming their vehicles with his several times and then stepping out of a car he had stolen with a weapon, officials said Thursday morning. This kicked off violent protests in which the crowd threw rocks, bottles, and chunks of cement at police on the scene, injuring dozens of officers and two journalists.
“We received credible intelligence that a threat had been issued on law enforcement pursuant to the events that occurred in the city of Memphis last evening,” said DPS Commissioner Marshall Fisher. “I felt it was necessary to get that information out to law enforcement.”
Authorities say law enforcement officers need to be on high alert when they are in public, and all Marshals are told to cover their agency apparel when they are out.
“We currently have an environment nationwide where it seems that law enforcement officers are increasingly under threats of violence,” Fisher said. “It’s incumbent upon us to get information out as soon as possible.”
Webber posted a Facebook Live video in the hours before his death.
The now-deleted video was about eight minutes long and showed the 20-year-old singing in his car, smoking and driving. At one point, Webber sees a Memphis police cruiser, says they’d have to catch him and then says he’d “do” them.
“I ain’t lying, I’m gonna do they a** so bad,” Webber said…
According to WMC5 The shooting prompted a major protest in Memphis’ Frayser community, which ended with three dozen police officers and sheriff’s deputies injured and a number of cars vandalized. Memphis Police Director Mike Rallings says protesters threw rocks and bricks at the officers who were there for crowd control and weren’t involved in the initial shooting.
Mayor Jim Strickland called the protests “unacceptable” and “unwarranted.”
“We need to have serious discussions in this country between law enforcement and the community — but violence isn’t a discussion,” Strickland said.