FBI, Homeland Security say threats to police officers on social media

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FBI, Homeland Security say threats to police officers on social media

The FBI and department of homeland security have identified an increase in threats that occur mostly online and across multiple platforms, including social media, according to a memo from the FBI and department of homeland security.

They linked the increase to the August 8 search of Mar-a-Lago, a sign of more legal trouble to come for the former president.

The agencies said that there were increasing numbers of violent threats posted on social media against federal officials and facilities, including a threat to place a so-called dirty bomb in front of FBI Headquarters and issuing general calls for civil war and armed rebellion.

Far-right Republican lawmakers in the House have joined in the attacks on federal law enforcement, including Georgia s Marjorie Taylor Greene:

She was joined by Arizona spokesman Paul Gosar :

There seems to be an awareness among Republicans that the attacks don't match the message of a party that attempts to cast itself as supporters of law enforcement. Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson said of the FBI in a Sunday interview, "We can't say that whenever they went in and did that search, that they were not doing their job as law enforcement officers."