NYPD police are on alert against a verifiable threat by a Black militant group. The Black Guerrilla Family has stated that they are “preparing to shoot on duty police officers.” The group was started in the California prison system during the turbulent 1960s and has been active ever since. Black Guerrilla Family, BGF, members were also implicated in the murder of Black Panther Huey P. Newton in 1989 over philosophical differences. Newton was opposed to the BGF plan to raise money by selling crack cocaine in Black neighborhoods.
Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins issued a statement that said in part, “Please WEAR your VESTS and carry your firearm off-duty along with additional magazines. Your priority is to go home at the end of your tour!” The threats have been made because of the recent Staten Island, New York, grand jury’s refusal to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of unarmed Black man Eric Garner.