Austin Police monitoring specific threat against law enforcement

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department is monitoring a specific threat made against its officers for Wednesday, July 13.

The department says they’re assessing the legitimacy of the threat to kill officers on Sixth Street and they’re taking all steps necessary to protect their officers.

Police say the threat was made through social media and an email was sent out Tuesday morning warning officers of the threat.

Earlier Tuesday, the Austin Police Department announced they were moving to a mandatory emergency 100 percent staffing levels. The move requires all shifts to be filled completely.

In a memo, Chief Art Acevedo said the decision was made following the attacks on police officers in Dallas and the current threats against Austin police.

The chief says the department will remain in emergency staffing for the next two weeks and will then reassemble to see if there’s a continued need.

In a letter to union members, Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday said the organization will be monitoring the emergency status to make sure it is not abused.

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