BOSTON (CBS) — A Homeland Security bulletin sent by the Boston Regional Intelligence Center after Tuesday’s officer-involved shooting warns law enforcement and military personnel to be on guard and watch what they post on social media.
The information, confirmed by a WBZ source, said the shooting reinforces the need for officer safety.
Usaamah Rahim, a 26-year-old who allegedly planned to behead a police officer, was fatally shot by a Boston police officer and FBI agent in a CVS parking lot.
“This incident illustrates the need for law enforcement to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings due to the current heightened threat environment,” the bulletin stated. “Recent terrorist attacks and arrests throughout the world, as well as persistent and effective messaging from violent extremist groups, highlight the continued danger of the possible targeting of civilians, law enforcement and military personnel and facilities for violent action.”
Law enforcement and military personnel are told to avoid posting their home or work address, location names, or phone numbers online, and to take other precautions on social media.
“Review personal and family members social media sites to avoid revealing law enforcement affiliation,” the bulletin said. “Limit who can view your social media sites; set the privacy and security settings to the highest possible level.”
The bulletin also lists recent attacks on police and military, including incidents in Australia, Belgium and Canada.
Whether they’re on or off duty, officers are a “key target for terrorist activity,” the bulletin said.
After a meeting with community and religious leaders about the shooting, Boston Police Commissioner William Evans talked about increased threats against police.
“Officers have been attacked. Military have been attacked. We’ve put that information out repeatedly over the last couple months,” Evans said.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports: