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Police keeping close eye on social media following threats

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Local police are closely watching social media after threats against officers flood the internet.

Police have dealt with threats since the August death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, but a spike in violent threats toward officers occurred following the killing of two NYPD officers on Saturday.

"It's alarming and it's very disturbing," St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson told News 4's Matt Sczesny.

After the slaying of two New York officers on Saturday, a man hinted at threats on officers in the St. Louis area.

"He went on to allude or make the insinuation he wouldn't mind doing violence towards police officers and took it as a badge of courage," Dotson said. "He was driving, traveling through the St. Louis region and it was forwarded to us from another police department."

While the threat seemed to pass, the stress from the situation has not.

Facebook shut down a page called 'Kill the Police' following sharp criticism, though similar hashtags are still generating comments on Twitter. Dotson said that all threats are taken seriously.

"We do share information with the entire department. Bulletproof vests are a mandatory program we have and two-officer calls, so we have done a few things. It's no defcon 3 or 4." Dotson said.

The topic is not one that is comfortable to police officers, but it is one they are closely following.

 

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