(LOS ANGELES, CA – 6/26/2020) – The Greater Los Angeles Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA) today condemned violent online threats made against activist/journalist Shaun King by former members of the Long Beach and Los Angeles police departments.
According to KTLA/5, King shared screenshots from an unnamed private Facebook group of current and former officers of various California agencies posting messages such as, “Toss this guy from a helicopter,” “Need a sniper,” “Shaun King needs to be put down,” “I recommend retro active birth control, or post birth abortion, whatever you wanna call it,” and other threats that seemed to be aimed at King.
According to King, the threats began when a retired Long Beach Police officer allegedly wrote, “The man who put this tweet out today is a FOUNDING MEMBER OF BLM, he also introduced Bernie Sanders at his attempted presidential run. I think (California) needs to start putting a team together or retired military, police and NRA MEMBERS! We have no protection. These criminals that the Democrats created need to be stopped.”
In a statement Thursday afternoon, the Long Beach Police Department confirmed three former officers from its force were involved, but no one it currently employs as a police officer. The department said it has requested and will receive assistance from the FBI.
The L.A. Police Department said it had no comment on the allegations.