A bloody plot to kill Americans was just uncovered and stopped in Louisiana.
And once again, police officers were the targets.
Calling it a “substantial, credible threat” to police, authorities in Louisiana have arrested three suspects accused of stealing at least eight handguns in an alleged plot to harm police officers in the Baton Rouge area. A fourth suspect and two guns remain at large, police say.
The arrests in Louisiana’s capital city come amid heightened tensions following the deadly police shootings in Baton Rouge and Minnesota and the killings of five police officers by a racially-motivated gunman in Dallas last week.
Authorities discovered the alleged plot while responding to a weekend burglary at a pawn shop, Baton Rouge Police Chief Carl Dabadie said at a news conference Tuesday.
The chief said the first suspect arrested told police that “the reason the burglary was being done was to harm police officers.” He said the suspect didn’t give any details about when or where a possible plot would be carried out.
State Police Col. Mike Edmonson called it a “substantial credible threat” to police.
All of the suspects are from Baton Rouge and all are black. They face charges including burglary, simple burglary, and theft of a firearm; they have not been arrested on any charges related to plotting to kill police.
Six of the eight stolen firearms have been recovered and two are still at large, authorities said.
“We have been questioned repeatedly over the last several days about our show of force and why we have the tactics that we have. Well, this is the reason, because we had credible threats against the lives of law enforcement in this city,” Dabadie said.
In a statement, police said surveillance video showed the suspects using a ladder to climb the roof of the building to get in early Saturday. Eight handguns and one airsoft BB gun were missing from the store.
Authorities said they arrested one suspect – Antonio Thomas, 17 – at the scene with a handgun and a BB gun. Another suspect, Malik Bridgewater, 20, was apprehended Sunday and a third suspect – a 13-year-old boy – was apprehended on a street. They called on a fourth suspect to turn himself in. Another man was arrested for allegedly purchasing two of the stolen guns, but he hasn’t been linked to the alleged plot, a police spokesman said.
It wasn’t immediately known if those arrested had attorneys.
In the first few days after 37-year-old Alton Sterling was shot and killed after being pinned down by two white police officers in Baton Rouge, police took a reserved approach to enforcement, keeping a low profile as hundreds gathered outside the convenience store where Sterling died.
But tensions escalated during weekend protests that moved away from the store and into other parts of the city, marked by a show of force by law enforcement that included police wielding batons, carrying long guns and wearing shields. Over a three-day period, police arrested about 200 protesters and came under criticism for the tactics used to deal with the demonstrations.
Earlier Tuesday, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards defended the police response. He said the riot gear and weaponry were appropriate.
“We’ve had a police officer with teeth knocked out of his face because of a rock. If you don’t have on riot gear, you have no defense against that sort of thing,” the Democratic governor said.
“In light of what happened in Dallas, understanding that just one gunman can change the situation entirely, how do you in good conscience put police officers on the street without the ability to defend themselves?” he added.
Protests have spread around the country as people expressed outrage over the recent death in Baton Rouge and of a second black man, Philando Castile, at the hands of police in Minnesota last week. The Justice Department has opened a federal civil rights investigation into Sterling’s shooting.
Community leaders in Baton Rouge have sought to defuse the tension.
State Rep. Ted James, a black lawyer who grew up near where Sterling was shot, and Cleve Dunn Jr., a prominent black businessman, met with local Republican leaders at a public luncheon to discuss the shooting. The two also have showed up at protests, urging calm.
“I truly believe that we can have parallel conversations about respect for police officers, making sure that they’re safe, but also have a parallel conversation about the things that are happening with African-American males across the country,” James said.
The Associated Press contributed to this article
Kids who make threat or anyone with a threat to kill
Place a bounty on them
Remove any social benefits for life
Notice no one mentioned their missing work- you threaten hate crime you cant get benefits- ever again!
4) notice no leftie talks about they stole gun, guns are around minors, no permit or even own guns, no mention of how many bullets in gun or if they could own a gun- past history or past crimes- could be violating parole so they maybe on 3 rd time they go to prison forever.
No mention from anyone that they were good kids and no schoolmates or teachers mentioning their character.
They built that!
Wheres the parents too? Did not teach them respect or kindness.
Jo Lee says
The problem is that they have a one parent home. Think they deserve every thing to be free to them. They only know hand outs since child hood. Think whites are the cause of their problems. They for got all the successful BLACKS that went to school an made some thing of themselves. Many Blacks are very successful & they worked for it. Crying foul for not having what every one else has is their own fault. They need to get off their rears & make a difference. That is why they are not given respect they think they deserve. RESPECT IS EARNED. TROUBLE MAKERS ARE JUST THAT. NO ONE WILL GIVE THEM A CHANCE IF THEY CONTINUE THE WAY THEY THINK THEY DESERVE THINGS & RESPECT THAT OTHERS WORK FOR. NO WAY. NOT A CHANCE IN HELL. CHANGE YOUR WAYS & MAKE SOMETHING OF YOURSELVES 1ST. There are problems in all skin colors. you get what you deserve. GOOD OR BAD, THAT IS THE WAY PEOPLE TREAT PEOPLE. ITS WHAT YOU DO & SAY TO OTHERS. THIS IS ALL ELEMENTARY THINKING BUT SOME OF THEM THINK THEY DESERVE MORE THAN OTHERS. YOU GOT TO WORK FOR WHAT YOU WANT. MAKING TROUBLE IS NOT THE WAY TO PEOPLES HEART. YOU DESERVE WHAT YOU GET IF YOU DO NOTHING BUT COMPLAIN. ONE PERSON FOR THE MEN TO LOOK UP TO IS BEN CARSON, & CONDI RICE. NOW THAT IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. WORKING HARD & GETTING THE RESPECT. ” ALL LIVES MATTER. ” MINE MATTERS MOST OF ALL. GOD BLESS AMERICA. IN GOD WE TRUST
All policemen know that there are individuals and groups that are anti-cops. What makes this new is that hate groups, feed by misinformation by hate based Concretive controlled media, work against all sensible solutions to very real problems that start with healthcare, good education and a living minimum wage. All are on the Concretive chopping block, but more gun availability are not.
Patricia Bennett says
They have been given those opportunities and have refused to use them to elevate themselves. Continuing to ‘give to those who feel ‘entitled’ to have without contributing anything positive to society in return is ridiculous to say the least. When black society wishes to look in the mirror and take responsibility for their own social ills maybe something will turn around, until then I don’t see anything positive happening in this situation.. period.
Peter Joffe says
Lets stop looking for reasons as to why this savageness do not belong in decent society. They are criminals and future killers. Lock them up and throw the key away. Are they taking their lead from Islam? I would not be surprised??
John G says
I’m sure President O’bozo will opine they were just boys being boys and meant no real harm.
The b’s will use any excuse that they can to go out and shoot police or white people
John G says
Why not when the President of the United States acknowledges the “Black Lives Matter” leadership as being better organizers than he was at their age and spends all his time cowtowing to those who would do us harm both outside as well as inside the US.
He President O’bozo is the problem not the solution – he has none by design he is an absolute zero, a waste of space.
Odummer better watch what he wishes for because islam does not tolerate gays and lesbians …… he and Killary just might get pushed off a building……
He will also say, these could have been my boys!
Len Balazs says
They need to be angr at NWO, globalist George Soros and current administration for trying to destroy America.
You’re right. George Soros is behind a whole lot of this — Hillary’s friend, and a maniac. Rich as sin, hates America, loves chaos, and loves to create it. The man is old and crazy. And dangerous!!!!
WHEN THESE PEOPLE HAVE THEIR PROTESTS AGAINST POLICE, THE POLICE SHOULD NOT BE SENT IN TO KEEP PEACE……….LET THEM RIOT WITHOUT PROTECTION! THAT WOULD END THEIR VIOLENT PROTESTS! THE KILLING OF POLICE OFFICERS IS A RACIST ACT!
Martha lawson says
If I were a white officer I would refuse calls to a Black area. Let them deal with it. According to Obamas DOJ findings for 2015, 1% of blacks are killed by whites, 2% are killed by police and 97% are killed by other blacks. Leave them alone, in time there won’t be any problems.
It’s so sad , but so true .
Sad, but true. Where are the Al Sharpton’s and Jesse Jackson’s when their people need sane leadership. Instead of stirring up the seeds of 1960s violence, why don’t these old black racists step up to the plate and face the realities of the violent situation their hateful rhetoric helped to create.
To Martha Lawson: Where did you find those percents? And if they are accurate, why aren’t they on every media across the U.S. and the globe?
Justin W says
These guys should spend the rest of their lives caged up in prison cells. They are vicious animals and should be treated as such.
FED UP says
YOU LOOK AT THESE FOOLS AND THEN YOU LOOK AT THE BLACK LIVES MATTER FOOLS AND YOU JUST GOTTA SCRATCH YOUR HEAD AND WONDER IF THE ZOOKEEPER GOT FIRED FOR NOT KEEPING THE CAGE LOCKED. SEMPER FI
Arthur Hartsock says
A side note to this story that is not as widely reported is that after these three thieves obtained the weapons they had a hard time finding ammunition. This is the real story today. Everyone talks about firearms purchases, but few realize the real problem is that the availability of ammunition is being squeezed almost shut. And this ammunition is almost all encoded. So the powers that be can find out who bought this ammunition if it is used in a crime. It’s like you being allowed to buy an auto but no fuel. So all preppers have to deal with this problem.
The real Trojan horse directing these black terrorists to kill cops lives in the white house.
Please note the words “stolen guns” not guns acquired through a legal background check. What people do not realize is that even if you lie on your background check application the worst that usually happens despite the possibility of a long jail term and huge fine is that you will simply be denied the firearm purchase. The FBI does not prosecute liars in general and it only amounts to an insignificant small number when they do. So if they get denied they simply do what these guys did and either get someone else to buy the guns for them (which is illegal) or steal them. So much said for gun control when it comes to the real criminals and terrorists. End of story.
Ed Meyer says
Lets stop calling these “protests” protests….These are RIOTS…and NOT protests. When these igno sheeits start attacking police…it is not simply protesting… These terrorists need to be thrown in Gitmo..and forgotten about.
Calvin Harwick says
Now when this our gang comedy are set free the police will keep an eye on them and they will holler police harassment.These idiots are dumber than a box of rocks.