FBI Says Black People, Who Oppose Police Brutality, Are A Threat
The FBI’s counterterrorism division reportedly warned in August that African-Americans, who oppose police brutality of black people, are part of a growing threat of violence against police.
In an internal Aug. 3 report, the FBI created a name for these types of black people: Black Identity Extremists (BIE).
The news publication Foreign Policy obtained a copy of the FBI report that states:
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.
The FBI report said the August 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown started widespread anger and violence:
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 FBI further assesses 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.
Foreign Policy notes that about “748 people have been shot and killed by police so far in 2017, including at least 168 African-Americans.”
Former government officials and legal experts told Foreign Policy that no “black identity extremists” movement actually exists.
A former Department of Homeland Security senior counterterrorism and intelligence official told Foreign Policy:
This is a new umbrella designation that has no basis. There are civil rights and privacy issues all over this.
DeRay McKesson, a Black Lives Matter activist, told Foreign Policy that the FBI visited his house before the Republican National Convention:
I spoke about the FBI visit to my house and the houses of other activists in our final meeting with [President Barack] Obama. There is a long tradition of the FBI targeting black activists and this is not surprising.
The FBI refused to comment on its report, but said it was tracking “black identity extremists,” and added “the FBI cannot initiate an investigation based solely on an individual’s race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, or the exercise of First Amendment rights.”
The former Homeland Security official countered: “The race card is being played here deliberately.”
Michael German, a former FBI agent and now a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s liberty and national security program, said the FBI’s “black identity extremists” is the name of a movement that does not exist.
“Basically, it’s black people who scare them,” German added.
Daryl Johnson, a former Department of Homeland Security intelligence analyst, said: “I’m at a loss. I have no idea of why they would come up with a new term.”