The bureau began warning of “attacks against law enforcement” after Johnson killed five police officers last year at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas, Texas. Though they concluded that Johnson acted alone, the agency began suggesting that Johnson’s actions were part a larger threat of “black supremacist extremists.”
“We’ve obtained FBI documents that suggest protests against violence – specifically, crisis-level police killings of unarmed black people – are presumptively threatening,” Omar Farah, lead attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, told Al Jazeera.
“And we have obtained an entire DHS report devoted to the threat posed by groups reacting to demonstrably violent, retrograde white supremacists. Read together, the documents reflect an unsettling blindness to the real challenges our society continues to face.”
The FBI has also been monitoring what they call “Black Identity Extremists,” terminology used in a bureau report released in August. The report in question was titled ”Black Identity Extremists Likely Motivated to Target Law Enforcement Officers.” The document was sent to military personnel and police officers all across the country.