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Baltimore police receive ‘credible threat’ from gangs to ‘take out’ law enforcement

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (BNO NEWS) -- Police in Baltimore have received "credible information" that members of various gangs have entered into a partnership to "take out" law enforcement officers, the city's police department said on Monday. It is unclear if the threat is linked to recent protests.

"The Baltimore Police Department / Criminal Intelligence Unit has received credible information that members of various gangs including the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips have entered into a partnership to 'take-out' law enforcement officers," police said in a statement. "This is a credible threat. Law enforcement agencies should take appropriate precautions to ensure the safety of their officers."

Other details about the threat were not immediately available.

The news comes after the city was the scene of protests and violence over the weekend, following the in-custody death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray earlier this month. Gray was arrested on a weapons charge on April 12 and fell unconscious while placed in a police van. He died days later of a severe spinal cord injury, but it remains unclear how he suffered the injury and whether it occurred while he was in police custody.

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