The FBI has declared that “black identity extremism” is a violent threat in the US according to a leaked report.
The document obtained by Foreign Policy is dated August 2017 and written by the Domestic Terrorism Analysis Unit within the bureau.
It read: “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 wrote that “alleged police abuse” is what has “continued to feed the resurgence in ideologically motivated, violent criminal activity within the BIE movement”.
Around 750 people have been shot and killed by police thus far in 2017 and almost 170 of them were African-American.
The actual label of BIE appears to be an invented one, as Foreign Policy reported.
Michael German, a former FBI agent and now Brennan Center fellow, told the outlet: “Basically, it’s black people who scare them.”
A former senior counterterrorism and intelligence official from the Department of Homeland Security reviewed the report for the news outlet and said BIE “is a new umbrella designation that has no basis…There are civil rights and privacy issues all over this.”
The 12-page report points to the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri as well as the grand jury decision not to indict the police officer who shot the unarmed teenager as a sort of catalyst.
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