Chicago police are on alert after learning of threats made by three West Side gangs to shoot cops.
In light of the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Paul O'Neal, West Side gang leaders reportedly held at summit last Thursday and "agreed to use automatic weapons against Chicago police officers," according to a Chicago police alert.
One gang group "provided guns" and has "a sniper in place" at an unknown location, the alert said.
Chicago police are reportedly being asked by department officials to "limit interactions and visibility."
Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo said it "should not surprise anyone that we have this type of antagonistic and threatening behavior towards police officers."
"We had inflammatory and false rhetoric coming from [the attorney representing Paul O'Neal's family] and statements that weren't true," he told the Chicago Sun-Times. "You also have a lead investigator in police-involved deaths talking about how shocking and disturbing this is."
UPDATE: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel released the following statement about the alleged threat to police:
There are 12,500 men and women who wake up every day, put on a uniform, hug their families, and leave their houses to spend their day protecting our families and our neighborhoods. Our city asks officers to step into harm's way to protect us and our communities. We need to support them, work with them, and never forget their dedication to doing an incredibly dangerous job and doing it well. We can have a reasonable conversation about the need for police accountability reform, but the idea that a bunch of gang members would threaten violence against the men and women every Chicagoan relies on for their own safety is absolutely unacceptable.