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Baltimore Police: Three Gangs Working Together to 'Take Out' Law Enforcement Officers

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    BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 25: Police in riot gear block off a street during a march in honor of Freddie Gray on April 25, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Gray, 25, was arrested for possessing a switch blade knife outside the Gilmor Homes housing project on Baltimore's west side on April 12. According to his attorney, Gray died a week later in the hospital from a severe spinal cord injury he received while in police custody. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Baltimore police believe three notoriously violent gangs are now working together to "take out'' law enforcement officers.

    In a statement Monday, the department called it a "credible threat'' and said members of the Black Guerilla Family, the Bloods and the Crips have formed a partnership against the police.

    The department warned other law enforcement agencies to "take appropriate precautions.''

    The police statement came as mourners gathered for the funeral of Freddie Gray, who died of a mysterious spinal injury while in police custody.

    Police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk would not say whether the threat is related to the death of Gray. Kowalczyk said the threat announcement has been circulated to law enforcement agencies nationwide.

    Earlier this year, Baltimore police said the Black Guerilla Family sent a man into the Northeastern District station house with marijuana, cocaine and a loaded gun to test the station's security.