BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Messages circulating social media prompted fears of violence in Livingston and Baton Rouge. Multiple law enforcement agencies dismiss the claim that the information came from law enforcement and say the rumor is "not true."
"We have no credible threats at this time, it is false," said Casey Rayborn Hicks, spokesperson for the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office. "We are asking people to not contribute to spreading this false information."
The message has been distributed with various warnings. They all instruct people to avoid large public places in and around the Capital region.
"Yes, I have heard the rumors. Rumors about possible unrest in Livingston Parish," said Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard. "First of all, let me confirm for you that no rumor has had any truth tied to it. Secondly, we - as always - are being proactive. We are constantly monitoring and vetting all information circulating. We are in constant communication with our State, Parish & Local law enforcement partners. We are also working with our Parish leaders."
Although the threats do not seem to directly address any locations in Ascension Parish, officials there also addressed the rumors.
"If citizens have information related to criminal activity, they are encouraged to use the 'See Something Send Something' application which will connect them and their mobile devices to criminal intelligence centers nationwide," Hicks added. "'See Something Send Something' is a nationwide suspicious activity reporting tool for citizens to help in the fight against terrorism and criminal activity. Additionally, the free app has information on what to look for and when to submit suspicious activity reports along with how to receive important alerts."
The application can be found listed as See Send by My Mobile Witness, Inc. at the google play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mymobilewitness.seesend and apple app store https://appsto.re/us/qnpjH.i. For situations requiring an immediate response, call 911 or your local law enforcement directly.