Police alarmed over graffiti claiming Calif. Gov. Brown to be killed on Valentine’s Day

By David Edwards
Friday, January 21, 2011 10:09 EDT
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Santa Ana police were notified Thursday of two different instances of graffiti threatening the life of California Governor Jerry Brown.

At 7 a.m., police were called about graffiti at one Greenville Street north of Alton Avenue, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

“We gonna kill Gov. Brown 2 14 11,” the graffiti read.

Later that day, an officer noticed more graffiti at 1700 W. Segerstrom Ave.

“The vandal spray-painted in red, ’27 more days 4 Brown’ and included a swastika, Bertagna said, adding someone later painted over the red ’7′ with a black ’6′ as if it were a countdown,” CBS 2 in Los Angeles reported.

“We don’t know if they’re related or not,” the police spokesman noted.

California Highway Patrol (CHP) is charged with protecting the governor, and will take the lead in the investigation.

“We’re taking this very seriously, of course, especially when they put out swastikas and threaten the governor, and with all that’s going on in Tucson we have to take this seriously,” Bertagna added.

“At this point,” he said, “we have no clue, other than its Valentine’s Day.”

In early January, a shooting in Tucson, Arizona left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in the hostpital.

Death threats are not the new California governor’s only problem.

Brown declared a state of fiscal emergency Thursday in an effort to resolve the state’s $25.4 billion budget gap.

The largely procedural state of emergency gives lawmakers 45 days to address the budget crisis.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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