Be alert for violent interlopers hiding among peaceful protesters


Three days after I posted a tactical tip encouraging police agencies across the country to “Take the next few days to review your agency policies and procedures for managing peaceful protests, and your officer safety tactics and strategies for controlling violent crowds in the event that things go sideways in the streets of your city or town,” the FBI issued an intelligence bulletin to police departments nationwide to beware of violent interlopers using peaceful protesters as human shields while they assault cops and destroy property.

The FBI warned that the announcement of the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson (Mo.) “will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure.”

The bulletin further stated that “The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures.”

One law enforcement official familiar with the memo told CBS News that “Internet postings have called for violence against police.”

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