Paris Police Chief Bob Hundley
We’ve been contacted by several people regarding a social media post regarding FBI information stating possible attacks on Texas churches.
We will never tell anyone to ignore threat information but sometimes a little more information might be helpful to fully understand what is going on and react accordingly. The FBI is excellent in making sure local law enforcement is aware of any information regarding criminal activity being contemplated or in a process that they are aware. They do due diligence investigating these threats to a conclusion which sometimes results in only an ‘awareness’ e-mail being sent out to local law enforcement.
There is not a specific threat communicated directly to anyone regarding an impending attack. The tweet which was suggesting people make an attack was several days old by the time these social posts came out today. The tweet was not found to be credible, very broad-based and that information was shared with local law enforcement as situational awareness only. You may or may not remember that a similar type of threat was made around December of 2016.
We should all be aware that there are people out there who wish to harm the USA, and remain vigilant. The local security teams that many places of worship have on hand should be alert for suspicious activity, but that should be every day and not just because of a situational awareness e-mail.
You might contemplate why would a so-called terrorist make a threat public, ensuring that the target would harden because of the threat. Whoever put the original tweet out did exactly what they wanted to do, worry people, frighten people and create some amount of panic.