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N.J. police union warns of ‘heightened hostility’


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N.J. police union warns of ‘heightened hostility’

DECEMBER 21, 2014, 1:23 PM    LAST UPDATED: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2014, 5:03 PM

TRENTON  — New Jersey’s statewide police union issued an email alert to the group’s 33,000 members Sunday warning them to take extra caution after two NYPD officers were murdered.

New Jersey State PBA Executive Vice President Marc Kovar said in the email that all members and officers should take extra caution and change up routines in the coming weeks, citing heightened hostility from nationwide protests that he says has led to a “fever pitch of anti-police sentiment.”

“This open hostility has created more tense encounters with officers even on routine incidents such as motor vehicle stops,” Kovar said. “The State PBA is advising officers to be alert for any interaction where a person may be looking for a confrontation.”

New York police say 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley killed two officers Saturday after vowing online to shoot two officers in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner. Another police officer was shot and killed in Florida Sunday morning.

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