PHOENIX — A controversial tweet sent by the DPS director may have had more eyes on it than many realized at the time.
According to the Phoenix New Times, the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center looked at responses to a tweet sent by DPS Director Frank Milstead last September to see if any responses might spark a protest or violence toward DPS.
The tweet came after Nike launched a controversial ad campaign featuring former NFL player Colin Kaepernick and used the slogan "Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything." The tweet inserted a picture of fallen Trooper Tyler Edenhofer with the same message.
I’m often amazed, but really surprised. I won’t mention your name, I refuse. If you’re in search of those who paid the Ultimate Sacrifice I would look to the men and women who wear a uniform and are killed/murdered keeping us safe & protecting those who can’t protect themselves. pic.twitter.com/fD5kYhMhmq— Col. Frank Milstead (@frank_milstead) September 6, 2018
DPS issued the following statement on Tuesday:
The Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC) actively investigates and analyzes various types of information. We cannot discuss the approach to such information. The security and safety of the public and authorities is our top priority.
Due to the vitriol and violence that has been seen around the country, the ACTIC will continue to watch for any indication of possible harm to law enforcement and/or the public. The ACTIC accomplishes this in a manner that respects the rights and privacies of the public.
The Arizona Fusion Center, also known as the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, is a joint effort between the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Department of Homeland Security, Federal Bureau of Investigation and other participating agencies.
To support the Arizona homeland security effort, the Arizona Fusion Center was established and became operational in October 2004. The Center operates on a 24/7 basis, providing intelligence, investigative and technical support to state, local, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies as well as other agencies critical to Arizona and the country's homeland security efforts.