FBI warns of terrorist threats against Pride events

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

The FBI is warning communities that Pride celebrations could be targets for terror.

The bureau said foreign terrorist organizations and their supporters might be planning to commit or inspire violence at Pride events or venues next month, which is Pride Month.

The alert does not name any specific states, cities or celebrations as targets.

It does, however, name ISIS as a specific terror group. The FBI said it has seen ISIS promoting anti-gay rhetoric over the past few years.

The alert urges local law enforcement to be on the lookout for threats that could come online, in person or by mail.

San Francisco Pride released a statement that read, in part, “As always, we take all potential threats seriously and are working closely with all appropriate law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety and security of our events. As in previous years, we will monitor any potential risks and plan accordingly to ensure a secure and enjoyable experience for everyone who joins us to celebrate Pride.”

In a statement, the San Francisco Police Department didn’t directly address the FBI advisory but did say all SFPD officers will be vigilant for illegal or unsafe activity during Pride.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.