Authorities in Michigan are urging attendees of Pride events to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to law enforcement.

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While there are no known credible threats targeting LGBTQ+ celebrations in the state, officials are taking precautions to ensure the safety of all participants.

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The FBI's Detroit Field Office recently issued guidance highlighting potential threat indicators that should be reported, such as violent threats made online or in person, unusual surveillance of venues or events, attempts to bypass security measures, and eliciting information about security protocols.

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Special Agent in Charge Cheyvoryea Gibson emphasized that the FBI takes all hate-based crimes seriously and will work closely with local law enforcement partners to keep everyone safe.

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This heightened awareness comes after federal agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security, warned in May of the possibility of foreign terrorist organizations or their supporters targeting Pride events across the nation.

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While no specific threats were mentioned, the agencies cited an increase in violence against the LGBTQ+ community in recent years, fueled by hateful rhetoric.

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On Michigan's eastside the Ferndale Police Department took the warnings seriously and had a significant presence at the city's Pride Fest on June 1st.

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Sergeant Scott Blanchard stated that although there are specific threats to Michigan or Ferndale, the department has implemented security measures and an emergency response plan to mitigate any potential incidents.

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Different law enforcement agencies across Michigan are coordinating efforts to keep attendees safe during Pride Month celebrations.

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Authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant, be aware of their surroundings, and promptly report any suspicious activities or threats to the FBI or local law enforcement.

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