WASHINGTON (NNS) -- According to multiple sources, protests and public gatherings are scheduled throughout the United States and Canada through July 16 in response to two recent fatal police shootings.
There are planned protests coming up and the Navy want to remind all Department of the Navy service members, civilian employees and their family members are reminded that large gatherings of this nature can turn violent at a moment's notice. NCIS does not have information regarding a specific threat to Department of Defense personnel.
This advisory is to provide situational awareness for all DoD personnel who may find themselves in the vicinity of any of the protests, planned or spontaneous. NCIS continues to coordinate with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to monitor known threats and will provide updates as warranted.
Known locations and dates of upcoming protests are San Diego and Pullman, Washington July 15; Rockford, Illinois and London, Ontario July 16.
Although the planned protests are intended to be peaceful in nature, the recent shootings in Dallas illustrate the potential for protests to escalate to violence. NCIS is aware of posts on social media claiming multiple groups are calling for or planning riots and/or violence against law enforcement personnel.
Additionally, political and social awareness groups may use large gatherings as an opportunity to promote conflict, follow-on violence or copy-cat crimes may occur at future public gatherings or rallies. There is nothing to suggest a change in the threat environment to U.S. military assets or installations in the United States at this time. However, service members are encouraged to stay vigilant and remain aware of their surroundings in the vicinity of protest areas and depart the immediate area if violence erupts.
All commands are directed to ensure widest dissemination.
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