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Summary: An FBI report classifies black identity extremists as a domestic terrorist threat for their violence against police officers.

A report from the Federal Bureau of Investigations counterterrorism division has classified “black identity extremists” as a violent domestic threat. Since the 2014 shooting incident in Ferguson, Mo of Michael Brown, protests, and violence directed towards the police and their treatment of African-Americans have increased.

  
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Foreign Policy magazine first reported the warning from the FBI, which says “It is very likely BIEs proactively target police and openly identify and justify their actions with social-political agendas commensurate with their perceived injustices against African Americans…”

Brown, an 18-year-old African American, was shot and killed after struggling with a white police officer. The officer was cleared of any wrongdoing and resigned from the department. Brown was stopped by the officer after getting a call about a convenience store robbery. The store clerk had been strong-armed when the suspect, whose description matched Brown, tried to leave.

The two apparently got into a scuffle with Brown trying to reach for the officer’s gun. Brown attempted to run away with the officer chasing him and eventually shooting him. Brown supporters claim he had his hands up when he was shot but the police found no evidence to support this claim.

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Protests erupted in Ferguson and throughout the country, spawning the Black Lives Matter movement. With every future incident involving African American suspects, the protests became bigger and more violent with the support of BLM and social media.

The FBI report indicates that they had once considered a potential for violence of black identity extremism but now that violence has occurred is “likely” to continue. The reports states: “It is very likely that BIE’s perceptions of unjust treatment of African-Americans and the perceived unchallenged illegitimate actions of law enforcement will inspire premeditated attacks against law enforcement over the next year. It is very likely additional controversial police shootings of African-Americans and the associated legal proceedings will continue to serve as drivers for violence against law enforcement.”



BIEs have turned to attacking police officers, the most notable attack happening last year in Dallas, Texas. An African American gunman hid in a parking garage and shot 11 police officers, five of which died, during a demonstration protesting police shootings.

President Scott Walter of Capital Research Center supports the FBI report. He said, “It’s not racial profiling, it’s violence profiling. Identity politics can kill, whether it’s white identity politics, which killed in Charlottesville, or black identity politics, which kills cops.” He added, “We have to be able to distinguish between free speech and violence. Many longtime activist groups were not obsessed with violence.”

National spokesman for Blue Lives Matter, Randy Sutton, said, “Nobody is saying anything negative about protests. Protesting is everyone’s right. This is about committing acts of violence. Many Black Lives Matter protests call for violence against police, with chants like ‘What do we want?’ and ‘Dead cops!’ It’s terrorism, and it’s no different than Islamic terrorism.”

Sutton added, “Police are not being as aggressive because of the political climate. There’s been a dramatic decrease in proactive policing.” He noted that the increase in attacks on police officers has caused them to treat their jobs differently.

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