CBS in New York has placed a warning to all police officers in New York that MS-13 gang members are plotting to kill off-duty officers at their homes. They are doing this to build up their street credentials, and also because they hate the police. They are apparently targeting officers specifically from the Brentwood/Central Islip area, as well as possibly Patchogue. MS-13 has been active in the Long Island area and it has been the scene of many of their grisly murders. The threats are said to be unsubstantiated, but credible. After all, MS-13 does not put out a newsletter.
“Whenever a law enforcement officer is being threatened, especially by an organization like MS-13, which we already know is uber-violent and has killed numerous people throughout the country if not throughout the world, this has to be taken seriously,” former FBI agent Manny Gomez told CBS.
“They are going above and beyond what any other gang does, and the scary part is that we already know that they legitimately carry out their threats and they are extremely violent,” said Gomez.
Off-duty officers have been told to exercise extra vigilance when they are in and around their homes. They have been warned to take precautions and not let their guard down when they are off duty. The officers have also been told to break their daily routines, which will make them less vulnerable.
MS-13 has expanded its operations across New York’s Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.They have been engaged in murder, drugs, child prostitution and racketeering.
The gang, known for its excessive use of violence, has its roots in Central America gang culture. It’s influence has been growing in New York, bringing it into more frequent conflict with the NYPD, the New York Post reported.
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