The members of the MS-13 gang looking to better their “street credibility” allegedly aiming to target New York police officers who live in certain areas on Long Island.
The members of the MS-13 gang looking to enhance their “street credibility” allegedly aiming to target New York police officers who live in certain areas of Long Island.
NYPD 105th Precinct officials issued a word of warning for officials who are resident in Brentwood, Central Islip and Patchogue on the “threat”, as the gang members were apparently caught surveying officers ‘ homes, the New York Post reported Tuesday, citing an internal memo.
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“Intel has been obtained that the members of MS13 are looking for a” hit ” NYPD police, in particular in the Brentwood/Central Islip area, as well as possibly Patchogue in order to gain street credibility,” the document reportedly said. “These members are conducting explorations of [member of] private houses.”
Enforcement of the law living in the areas were advised to be aware of anything out of the ordinary, and to do what they can to switch their daily habits, according to the Post.
Sgt. Jessica McRorie told Fox News that “out of an abundance of caution an officer safety alert was sent from a non-verified threat by MS13 targeting law enforcement officials.”
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MS-13 was started by Central American immigrants, mostly from El Salvador, in Los Angeles in the 1980s. It has expanded since to include Hondurans, Guatemalans, Mexicans and other Central and South Americans.
MS-13’s motto is “mata, viola, controla” – which means “kill, rape, control,” said Robert Hur, an official of the Ministry of Justice.
Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn contributed to this report.