Boston police officers were warned to check their official vehicles after one cop's vehicle was intentionally tampered with.
A police officer was driving away from station A-1 in Boston in his personal car on July 15 when his tire unexpectedly fell off and rolled away, Fox Boston reports. The tow truck driver and the mechanic who inspected the vehicle after the incident confirmed that the vehicle was intentionally tampered with as the rear wheel's lug nuts were loosened or removed. The cop in question remains unnamed but was not injured.
Now, Boston police officials are issuing an internal warning to all other officers to be wary off possible tampering.
"Please pay close attention to vehicles around the station and in the garage next door," the July 18 memo reads, according to The Daily Mail.
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The warning was issued as a safety and awareness alert in the wake of increased anti-law enforcement sentiment across the nation. Recently, 18 cops total were shot during two separate shootings that directly targeted the police. Five officers were killed and seven injured in Dallas during a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest on July 7. It was reported as the deadliest shooting on law enforcement since Sept. 11, 2001. Just 10 days later, three officers were killed and three more injured during a shooting in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, that once again intentionally singled out cops.
A spokeswoman for the Boston Police Department told The Mail that officers have been urged to "remain vigilant and cautious, and be aware of what's going on, given the environment we work in these days."
"We don't want to make a national incident out of it," she added. "We don't know yet if it was an attempt to injure the office or if it was someone vandalizing the car."
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Cops all over the country are at high alert given recent events. In Butler County, Ohio, Sheriff Richard Jones sent out an internal memo encouraging office personnel to carry their weapons within and away from department headquarters. The letter addressed full-time and part-time staff and volunteers and urged them to carry a weapon if they had a valid license to do so, according to the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News.
"You have to pay attention now more so than ever," he said in reference to the Dallas and Baton Rouge shootings.