Bloods Gang Threatens to Shoot New Jersey Officers

Police throughout the Garden State are on high alert following an internal New Jersey State Police advisory warning that Bloods gang members might be traveling to Jersey City to target police officers.

Gang members use hand signs to communicate with each other and to challenge rival members or law enforcement officers in what they call 'throwing signs.' After forming in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, the Bloods street gang spread to the East Coast and formed 'sets.' (Photo: Det. Rich Keys of the Maryland State Police)Gang members use hand signs to communicate with each other and to challenge rival members or law enforcement officers in what they call "throwing signs." After forming in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, the Bloods street gang spread to the East Coast and formed "sets." (Photo: Det. Rich Keys of the Maryland State Police)

Police throughout the Garden State are on high alert following an internal New Jersey State Police advisory warning that Bloods gang members might be traveling to Jersey City to target police officers.

Two law enforcement officers from Hudson and Essex counties confirmed to the Jersey Journal that such an alert was issued.

The New York Post reported today that the gang threat was made in response to the shooting of Lawrence Campbell, the man who shot and killed Jersey City Police Officer Melvin Santiago in a Walgreens parking lot early Sunday morning.

A version of the alert, which was posted on a Facebook page, stated that a reliable source within the gang said the Jersey City Bloods have requested assistance from Bloods gang members in Camden and Newark to shoot another police officer in Jersey City.

The version of the alert also stated that officers working details on the Pulaski Skyway, as well as EMTs, might be targeted.

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