One piece of alleged extremist plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer included a 'plan to target and kill police'

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Law enforcement is on high alert in Michigan as alleged plot involving alleged anti-government activists included targeting police.
DETROIT – Michigan law enforcement is on high alert after the FBI revealed that a suspected plot by extremist groups to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer also involved a "plan to target and kill police."

"We're cautious. We're absolutely more careful," said 1st Lt. Mike Shaw of the Michigan State Police. "This is one of the tactics these anti-government, domestic terrorism groups use. Law enforcement is the face of the government. if you're mad at the government, you're mad at the police."

The suspected plot was unveiled last Thursday when the U.S. Department of Justice charged six men with conspiracy to kidnap Whitmer, an act authorities said the suspects wanted to carry out before Election Day. On the same day, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel brought charges against seven other men that included supporting terrorism, gang membership and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.

Officials said the suspects were trying to trigger "civil war" with a detailed plan to abduct the governor and attack other elected officials at the Statehouse. Part of the plot included plans to target police.

FBI Special Agent Richard J.…
Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press
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