NEW YORK – MS-13 orders members to “take out a cop” in a threatening directive that has police on high alert across the New York area, according to a new memo obtained by the New York Post.
Police are hunting for the gang member suspected of putting out the provoking hit order. He is described as a tall, light-skinned Hispanic man with a thin build and a tattoo of three dots next to his eye.
The three dots tattoo is common prison “ink” that represents “mi vida loca,” or “my crazy life.” The tattoo is typically found on the hands or around the eyes.
Police in Hempstead were provided a tip of the threat Wednesday by a “credible” informant, the NYPD memo said. Hempstead is one of the Long Island towns the violent gang has terrorized.
The member of the Salvadoran gang told the informant they needed to make a “statement” and specifically wanted to kill a cop in the Hempstead area.
“The police have been making too many arrests and it’s time to take the streets back and take out (shoot) a cop like we do in El Salvador,” the memo quotes the suspect saying, according to the informant.
Any member of MS-13 has permission to carry out the attack, the informant said.
As you might expect, police officers were already wary of MS-13 and their violent tendencies.
“Everybody normally watches themselves. Everybody’s on alert regardless, especially where there’s a high presence of MS-13,” according to the Post’s source.
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Moreover, another law enforcement source said the warning should be heeded by all cops — not just those on Long Island.
“You have a license plate that says FOP [Fraternal Order of Police]. You might wear a T-shirt that says what precinct you work in,” the source said.
“A cop’s a cop. They don’t know who you work for. FOP is for everybody.”