A gang leader in Chicago recently called for the murder of a federal agent. He believed targeting the agent would garner more attention than killing a local officer.
A separate gang organization, United Blood Nation, is promoting violence against police by promising to elevate the status of those who commit such a crime.
ABC News law enforcement contributor, Steve Gomez, said this is the worst situation he has witnessed since the riots and violence of the early 1990s.
He said, “If the movement to target and assassinate cops expands past lone wolves – as we have thus far seen in Dallas, Baton Rouge, and other cities, and mobilizes violent gang members nationwide – the effect would be overwhelming.”
In light of recent events, many police departments across the country are now increasing security both at the headquarters and in the field.