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DEVELOPING STORY: CREDIBLE THREAT TO TENNESSEE LAW ENFORCEMENT

Members of the Crossville Police Department and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office have been alerted to what is being considered a credible threat against all Tennessee peace officers.

An alert was issued through Cumberland County Dispatch regarding reported hits ordered by members of the Vice Lords gang against all state law-enforcement personnel. Officers and deputies are advised to use extreme caution.

Following is the text of a message posted late last night to Facebook: “All units use extra caution.. calls intercepted by Morgan Co and NW Corrections that indicate the VICE Lord gang has put a hit out on all TN Law Enforcement and Corrections. Any and all calls could be a set up or ambush. Please be alert and wear vests. This was confirmed by CPD department head per 5512. – From: Cumberland Co 911

Founded in 1953, the Vice Lords – short for The Almighty Vice Lord Nation (AVLN) – is one of the oldest street gangs in the Chicago, Illinois, area. It is also the second-largest gang, boasting a total membership between 30,000 and 35,000. AVLN is also a founding member of the multi-gang alliance, People Nation.

According to reports from a corrections officer at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, that facility has been on lockdown since Thursday.

This is a developing story and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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6 Responses

    1. No-el Brewer

      It’s not all of a sudden. In Memphis a high ranking gang member was shot and killed by Memphis PD. His sonsons are in Morgan County and Harden. A threat was made out of Morgan County.

  1. No-el Brewer

    And this is why Corrections should be celebrated on back the blue and other events. However that are not. They have it worse then police.

  2. Unfortunately an erroneous social media post that referenced TDOC is being widely shared and has even been the subject of news reports.

    At this time, the TDOC’s Office of Investigation & Compliance has not recovered or received any information that indicates a direct threat or “hit” to law enforcement or corrections personnel. Information on alleged calls that were intercepted at Morgan County Correction Complex and/or Northwest Correctional Complex that indicate the Vice Lords “put a hit on all Tennessee law enforcement and corrections” is incorrect. Additionally, no direct information has been received that officers will be “set up or ambushed.”

    TDOC is unaware of any specific and/or credible threats to law enforcement or corrections personnel. TDOC is networking with our law enforcement partners to ensure the timely dissemination of accurate information.

  3. ChuckY

    To all TN law enforcement – you guys and gals be super safe. Sad times we are living in. And Chicago? Why is that not a surprise, since they have been a largely lawless city for some time now, particularly the inner city.

    1. Terry

      Cops and elected officials have been involved in all types of crime ever since Chicago or the inner city existed. You can’t blame that on the inner city.

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