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  Man Arrested After Threatening Wichita Mayor Over Face Masks
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Oct 18, 2020 03:23pm
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AuthorChristina Morales and Michael Levenson
News DateSunday, October 18, 2020 07:55:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionMayor Brandon Whipple of Wichita, Kan., said he often gets “goofy” threats, like the time someone said they wanted to attack him with a Goodyear blimp.

But those threats took a serious turn on Friday after someone reported to the police that they had received text messages threatening to kidnap and kill Mr. Whipple, a Democrat. Although the messages weren’t sent directly to Mr. Whipple, he said a detective read them to him.

The messages contained a “very descriptive plan of execution,” including locating the mayor, slitting his throat, hanging him and then turning him into fertilizer, Mr. Whipple said on Saturday.

Mr. Whipple said the man sent the messages to a third party, who later reported the messages to the police. The messages described the mayor using a code name, asked for his address and also mentioned opposition to masks and coronavirus mitigation policies.
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