Last night, several shots were fired at a Los Angeles Police Department patrol car in South Los Angeles in what cops called an “unprovoked attack.” In the wake of last week’s death of two New York City police by a lone gunman who had posted threats on social media, law enforcement around the country are on alert as copycat killers may begin to emerge.
Multiple people have been arrested in connections with online threats since the deaths of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in a time when the boundary between free speech and online threats has blurred. In their case, rumors have spread that the killer, who shot shot himself in the head after he attacked the officers, may have used a social media app to track their car’s movements.
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Tim Williams, use of force and police procedure expert Owner, CEO TT Williams Jr. Investigations Inc.