The Long Beach Police Department along with the FBI was investigating alleged online threats of violence by three former officers toward activist Shaun King, after an article identifying the officers was released Thursday, June 25.
King, an activist and journalist involved with the Black Lives Matter movement, posted an article on Thursday medium.com that contained alleged screenshots of the threats on a private Facebook group for current and former law enforcement in California, the article said. The messages were posted from personal Facebook accounts to the group and none of the people named in the article are current Long Beach police officers, the Police Department said in a Thursday statement.
The piece, written by King, was titled, “SHAUN KING: A Private Law Enforcement Group on Facebook is Literally Plotting to Kill Me.”
“We have submitted this information to our Investigations Bureau for further review and recommendations regarding a criminal investigation,” police said. “Based on the totality of circumstances, the LBPD has requested and will receive assistance from the FBI regarding this matter.”
The alleged threats contain messages of putting a team together to stop criminals that Democrats created, according to the screenshots. Another message referred to organizing violence toward King.
Long Beach police said the department was “appalled and deeply disturbed by the tone and content of the posts which in no way reflect the core values and professional standards” of its employees.
The three former officers connected to the alleged threats left the Long Beach Police Department in 2014, 1997 and 1993.
There was one member of the Facebook group with the same name as a current Long Beach police officer, but the agency determined that the officer was not involved with the online group. Long Beach police said the department had no information indicating that any other current employees were involved with the situation.
A former Los Angeles Police Department officer was also named in the article. A representative with LAPD did not immediately respond to comment.
“I am now working with legal counsel to file charges against each of them,” King said of the three former Long Beach officers, in addition to others connected to the online threats, in a Facebook post.
Media representatives for King did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.