Law Enforcement Officials Caution Public of False Threats via Social Media

East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux and Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson and other local law enforcement agencies want to assure the public that local, state and federal agencies are closely monitoring social media to ensure the safety of the community and watch for credible threats.

“Local, state and federal agencies are all working in close conjunction with one another and are in constant communication.” Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. “If information is received that is deemed to be credible, the public will be immediately notified.”

Law enforcement has received several reports regarding threats made via social media concerning the Baton Rouge area. Law enforcement has conducted research and determined that the threats were made via social media and anonymous member sites. At this time, we have not identified any credible information to indicate that this will take place. In the past, during officer-involved shooting incidents, multiple threats have circulated via the internet. These posts have been seen as a social media hoax and are determined to have originated from persons that were angry with the situation.

We ask the public not to circulate false rumors. If the public has any information related to any threats please send the information to the Louisiana Fusion Center at lafusion.center@la.gov.