Just nine days before the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the FBI released a new report naming “black identity extremists” as a major threat to U.S. law enforcement officers.
“The FBI assesses it is very likely Black Identity Extremist (BIE) perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement and will very likely serve as justification for such violence,” according to a report obtained by Foreign Policy.
It goes on refer to this growing “threat” as the BIE movement. “The FBI assesses it is very likely incidents of alleged police abuse against African Americans since then have continued to feed the resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement,” the report reads.
The document, which is dated August 3, appears to be the first time the FBI has labeled “black identity extremists” as a movement. They cited Michael Brown’s 2014 police killing as a potential event that kicked everything off, saying it was “likely the BIE suspects acted in retaliation for perceived past police brutality incidents.”
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