The police this morning announced a "credible threat" posed by members of the Black Guerilla Family, Bloods, and Crips joining together to "take-out" law enforecement officers. Other sources claiming gang ties have told City Paper they are aware of a truce to protest the death of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old who died from a severed spine in police custody, but know of no plans for violence.
Video captured by City Paper during a demonstration outside the Western District on Wednesday shows a protester, claiming to be a member of Black Guerilla Family, standing atop a barricade and chanting "Black power!" before saying, "All that gang shit, all that red and that blue shit, that shit out the window right now, you feel me?"
"We going at them," he continued, gesturing toward the officers behind his back. "We going at them. That's our target, yo. We not each other's targets no more." (Stream the full video below.)
City Paper also talked on Saturday to two other people who claim to have gang ties. They confirmed that city gangs have called a truce, but did not say that they were going to target police, framing it more as a show of respect for Freddie Gray, while also acknowledging that such a truce is hard to keep.
"This is Baltimore, we're all rough here," said a man, who did not want to give his name, sitting in the middle of Pratt Street, wearing all red, during Saturday's protests.