(WVUE) - In the wake of the police shooting in Baton Rouge, law enforcement agencies said Thursday that they are closely monitoring social media for "credible threats" of violence against police or the community.
"Law enforcement officials take these types of threats very seriously," said State Police Superintendent Col. Michael Edmonson in a news release. "It is essential that the integrity and transparency of this investigation be maintained so that it may be properly concluded. But it is just as important to ensure that public safety during the course of this inquiry be maintained and preserved. When threats are made they can unnecessarily alarm the public and undermine the investigative process by diverting resources and attention away from the important task at hand. The State Police, with our law enforcement partners, will remain vigilant at monitoring threats, determining their sources and legitimacy and if necessary providing appropriately measured responses."
"Local, state and federal agencies are all working in close conjunction with one another and are in constant communication," said East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux. "If information is received that is deemed to be credible, the public will be immediately notified."
State Police released the following statement:
"Law enforcement has received several reports regarding threats made via social media concerning the Baton Rouge area. Law enforcement has conducted research and determined that the threats were made via social media and anonymous member sites. At this time, we have not identified any credible information to indicate that this will take place. In the past, during officer-involved shooting incidents, multiple threats have circulated via the internet. These posts have been seen as a social media hoax and are determined to have originated from persons that were angry with the situation.
"We ask the public not to circulate false rumors. If the public has any information related to any threats please send the information to the Louisiana Fusion Center at firstname.lastname@example.org."