NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said “cowardly threats of violence” against police will not be tolerated after threats were made against two stationhouses in Brooklyn in the wake of the deadly shootings of two officers.
Emergency Services Unit officers were providing additional protection outside the 79th and 81st precincts after investigators confirmed the threats, CBS2’s Janelle Burrell reported.
The Sergeants Benevolent Association tweeted late Tuesday night that the threat came from a confidential informant who said a Baltimore street gang called the Black Guerilla Family planned to storm the precincts for a shootout with police.
The NYPD is not confirming that, but police said Wednesday they were remaining vigilant while investigating the origin of the threats. They didn’t give details on what information they had received or its viability.
“Our city will not be intimidated by those spouting hateful, violent messages,” de Blasio said in a statement. “We will protect the men and women who protect us.”
The FDNY said they also moved Engine 222 Wednesday, which is near the 81st precinct, “out of an abundance of caution.” No other details were provided.