Newly released emails show that counter-terrorism officials have been called on to monitor Black Lives Matter protests in California.
The emails and other documents, released by the Bay Area’s East Bay Express, illustrate specific internal communications between the California Highway Patrol and its “Terrorism Liaison Officers.”
“Reminder for Tonight and this week: Do Not Advise Protesters That We Are Following Them on Social Media,” read the subject line of an internal email obtained by the publication. “We want to continue tracking the protesters as much as possible. If they believe we are tracking them, they will go silent,” the note read in part.
Other emails show that counter-terrorism officials were at times embedded with protesters in Oakland. Another shows Oakland police flagged a local church visit by Michael Brown Sr., father of the late Ferguson, Mo. teenager, with a “situational awareness” tag for state authorities to potentially monitor.
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