NYPD warns of midterm ‘vigilance’, but says no known threat to NYC election – NBC New York
An internal NYPD bulletin highlighting “high vigilance” for any potential election threats with days remaining in the year’s midterm cycle, but made it clear that no known threats currently exist against the candidates, New York poll workers or polling stations.
The bulletin, reviewed by News 4, warns of the potential danger lurking in online forums and discussion groups, especially those that spread misinformation or lies that could motivate individuals to take “action.” violence against election-related infrastructure and personnel”.
“In the aftermath of the United States Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, REMVEs (especially racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists), AGAAVEs (anti-government and anti-authority violent extremists), and malicious actors highlighted potentially threatening actions at the local level, encouraging intimidation of municipal officials, school board representatives and election workers,” the bulletin warns.
Written by the department’s intelligence office, the bulletin was completed before a man broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California home and attacked her husband with a hammer. Investigators have yet to reveal a motive for the home invasion.
The bulletin specifically mentions this summer’s attack on one of New York’s gubernatorial candidates, Representative Lee Zeldin. The Republican was speaking at a campaign stop outside Rochester in July when a man approached the scene brandishing a sharp object.
“Given the elevated domestic violent extremism threat landscape across the United States, Uniformed Service Members (UMOS) are advised to maintain heightened situational awareness while deployed citywide to support the upcoming midterm elections,” the bulletin read.
Polling stations opened in New York on Saturday for nine days of early voting as Election Day approaches.