On the day that Barack Hussein Obama lectured America on race and guns during a memorial for five slain Dallas officers, KEYE TV reported that a “specific threat” was made to harm Austin police officers on Wednesday. According to KEYE, “Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday confirmed the threat is to kill officers on 6th Street.”
Police Chief Art Acevedo also confirmed the threat. Earlier today he declared a staffing emergency, meaning all patrol shifts will now be filled to 100 percent. In the event there are not enough volunteers to fill the patrol shifts, officers will be mandated to fill the remaining shifts.
The staffing emergency will remain in effect for the next two weeks. It will be reassessed at that time.
An Austin Police Department spokesperson says the threat was made via social media earlier this week. An account was created to make the threat and then it was shut down quickly after. The spokesperson said APD is taking this information as a serious matter and they will be sending extra resources to 6th Street on Wednesday.
Breaking: APD investigating threat to harm officers on 6th Street https://t.co/y0ll69Gr8F
— Nadia Galindo (@NadiaKEYE) July 13, 2016
DEVELOPING | Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said APD is investigating a threat to kill officers on 6th Street: https://t.co/9gd8wyRfXt
— KENS 5 (@KENS5) July 13, 2016
“The department is taking steps to enhance the safety of our officers and the public we serve,” Acevedo said, according to a report at the Austin Statesman.
Here’s a video report, courtesy of KVUE:
Authorities in Austin have already charged two men who reportedly made threats against officers over the weekend.
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