The FBI warns that the announcement of the grand jury’s decision “will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure,” according to the bulletin
The FBI has issued an intelligence bulletin to state and local partners urging them to be aware of the potential for violent protests after the Ferguson, Missouri grand jury issues its decision on whether or not to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That decision is expected in the next week or so.
The bulletin, which went out last Friday, is not based on intelligence or specific threats, but rather on “observed criminal and violent activity” in the weeks after Brown’s death, a law enforcement official told CBS News’ Bob Orr.
Wait. If the FBI have observed criminal and violent activity from protesters, that would make it intelligence.
The Ku Klux Klan (KKK) have also been observed, and no memorandum or warning was released by federal or state officials against them, so it seems as if state and federal agents are trying to instigate or incite the situation in Ferguson further.
“Internet postings have called for violence against police,” noted the official who told CBS News about the bulletin, calling the alter to law enforcement officers a “common sense” move taken out of an abundance of caution.
On Sunday, protesters braved the cold and snow on the streets of St. Louis lying down in chalk outlines of bodies and blocking traffic to commemorate 100 days since Brown’s death. Demonstrators also targeted downtown Clayton on Monday, blocking traffic at several intersections before marching to the county Justice Center. That’s where the grand jury has been meeting behind closed doors since late August. No arrests were reported.
The protests are a far cry from the turmoil that shook this city and the nation only months ago, and there’s fear that violence could resurface as a grand jury decides whether to indict the officer responsible for shooting the unarmed teen.