THE FBI has warned of a looming race war across America after uncovering a horrifying plot to “purge” a major US city by killing white policemen.
The warning comes after five policemen were shot and killed by sniper Micah Johnson in Dallas, Texas. The “purge” may be a reference to a hit film in which laws are suspended, allowing all crimes including murder to take place.
The FBI alert, leaked by watchdog Judicial Watch, was accompanied by disturbing images from social media, including one depicting a restrained uniformed officer having his throat slit by a masked assassin.
Another message uncovered by the FBI urged protesters to join the purge by “killing all cops in Baton Rouge and starting a riot by the courthouse in Shreveport”.
Within hours of the alert, the militant New Black Panther Party urged followers to join protests this weekend outside the city’s police headquarters, which it described as the “Baton Rouge Pig Department”
In the first, on Tuesday, unarmed Alton Sterling, 37, was shot dead in Baton Rouge after being pinned to the ground by police officers. The following day, 32-year-old Philando Castile was in a car with his girlfriend when he was shot by an officer in Minnesota.
Officials now fear the killings, both of which are being investigated, have sparked an anti-police uprising that could sweep across the country. In the 48 hours since Johnson’s one-man murder spree in Dallas, police in Tennessee, Georgia and Missouri have all reported non-fatal attacks on officers.
Mark Fuhrman, a former Los Angeles detective who is now a TV law and order commentator, said: “There is a growing underground movement that we are going to have to deal with.
“Officers on the street must be especially alert to the possibility of being ambushed, possibly as the result of a fake emergency call.
“All officers should carry ballistic helmets, vests and other protective gear and ensure they are always instantly to hand.”
Police found a cache of bomb-making material, rifles and ammunition at Johnson’s home in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite where he lived with his mother Delphene. A spokesman said: “Had he survived and made it home there is every possibility he would have rearmed and continued his attacks elsewhere.”
It emerged last night that Johnson had been “following” several militant race-hate groups online and a sinister message was posted on the Facebook page of his younger sister Nicole the night before his deadly rampage.
It read: “White people have and will continue to kill us off. I for one think these cops need to get a taste of the life we now fear.
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