Report: Street Gang Has Issued 'Hit' On Tennessee Law Enforcement Officers

Law enforcement officers in Tennessee have been put on the alert for potential ambush situations.

Cumberland County, TN – The Vice Lords gang has allegedly issued a “hit” on all law enforcement officers throughout Tennessee.

Although law enforcement has not officially confirmed what inspired the alert, it is widely believed to be connected to the Jan. 10 murder of former local kingpin of the Chicago-based Vice Lords gang in Memphis, NBC News reported.

UPDATE: Despite news reports, the Tennessee Department of Corrections says that they have not received any information about any direct threats to law enforcement, and they have not intercepted any such calls, according to 1057 News who originally reported on it.

Memphis police are investigating the shooting deaths of 49-year-old Ronald Terry and 36-year-old Candid Sanders, after they were found fatally shot in a white Cadillac.

Terry, known as "Big Pokey" or "Porky," was born in Chicago and moved to Memphis in 2000 with a mission to bring the unruly local gang chapter under control, according to NBC News.

He was later arrested for attempted murder of another gang member, and in 2006, pleaded guilty and began working with the authorities.

In 2014, court records showed he claimed to have renounced his affiliation with the Vice Lords in a deal cut with the prison system.

He was transferred to a correctional facility in Florida where his sentence expired in 2016, NBC News reported.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections locked down all the prisons in the state on the day of Terry’s murder "due to information received from external law enforcement partners," according to a statement, NBC reported.

A Bledsoe County Correctional Complex source confirmed the facility has been locked down since Jan. 10, 1057 News reported.

On Monday, the alert was extended to law enforcement outside the prison system.

Initially, Cumberland County Dispatch issued an alert to Crossville police and Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies on Sunday night, advising them of the threat and urging them to exercise extreme caution, 1057 News reported.

“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,” a Facebook message regarding the threat read, according to the news outlet.

“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,” the post concluded.

A statewide alert was also issued.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Spokesman Josh DeVine told NBC News that the agency had been "requested to provide a situational awareness message to law enforcement agencies for general officer safety."

"There was no specific threat,” Devine clarified.

The Vice Lords gang was founded in Chicago in the 1950s, and rose to become the city’s second-largest street gang, according to Chicago Gang History.

The criminal enterprise is believed to have as many as 35,000 members, 1057 News reported.

Comments (15)
La Migra
La Migra

There you go, a domestic terrorist group making a terrorist threat. Gang Task Force of Federal, State and local should roundup all of these gang members, full throttle and extreme prejudice.

Sailor
Sailor

As far as I am concerned, these sociopaths should be actively tracked down or hunted-down and eliminated as a threat.

Gramparick
Gramparick

Shoot to kill on sight!

MrsS
MrsS

MEANWHILE....In the CHICAGO TRIBUNE... https://www.chicagotribune.com/80959276-132.html The Media has it out for the cops, I swear...

Danimyl
Danimyl

Lock and load boys and girls. Happy Hunting

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Personally, I think all these gangs should be treated as domestic terrorists. Doesn't matter what race color or creed they may consist of.

Patrolcmdr
Patrolcmdr

In today's "Just because you saw in on the internet doesn't mean it's true" lesson - regarding an imminent threat to Tennessee law enforcement and corrections.....

"On Facebook, law enforcement officers from across Tennessee began sharing a post that said calls had been intercepted between two state correctional facilities indicating that the "V*** ***d gang has put out a hit on all TN Law Enforcement and Corrections," according to a post from a 911 dispatcher in Cumberland County.

A Department of Correction spokesperson said the warning did not come from prison officials.

"The [post] is inaccurate," said TDOC spokesperson Neysa Taylor," in the same way that chain letters are inaccurate or ‘you’ve won the London lottery’ emails are inaccurate."

AND ALSO.....

"Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Spokesman Josh DeVine told NBC News that the agency had been "requested to provide a situational awareness message to law enforcement agencies for general officer safety."

"There was no specific threat,” Devine clarified."

All you guys are doing is providing free recruitment advertising for that damned street gang. Wake up!!!! SMDH

Yell2017
Yell2017

Take all the vice gang down. They are scum and deserve to be taken off the streets. People need to wake up. Either have safe streets or be controlled by gangs.

debs37
debs37

Please be on high alert!

chiefd
chiefd

Just make it a federal offense, felony, to be a member of any notorious street gang, Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings, etc.

Jvlox
Jvlox

Tell them to take a number and get in line. Everyone wants us dead. Until then, they stop trying to scare us.