Police investigate death threats against Walker recall activists

By Stephen C. Webster
Monday, November 21, 2011 14:16 EDT
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A protest against Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker on March 12, 2011. Photo: Flickr user Sue Peacock.
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Police in Sun Prairie, Wisc. said Monday they were investigating reports of death threats made against two activists supporting the recall of Gov. Scott Walker (R).

Wisconsin residents Heather DuBois Bourenane and Tom Peer, who live in Sun Prairie and Madison, respectively, said they received early morning phone calls on Thursday of last week warning that they would be murdered.

Both calls came from a Michigan number that did not have an active voicemail account, CNN-owned publication Channel 3000 noted.

“They said, ‘If you don’t stop circulating recall petitions, we will kill you,’” Peer reportedly said, describing the call he received.

“He said I had attracted the attention of some very bad people, and my life and the lives of my family were in danger,” Bourenane added.

Police in Sun Prairie said they were investigating the threats, but did not announce any immediate leads.

Democrats need to collect 540,206 valid signatures in a 60-day period to force a recall election against Walker. Under Wisconsin law, any elected official who has served at least one year of their current term can be recalled from office.

About 30,000 Wisconsinites gathered at the state capitol on Saturday for a recall Walker rally and petition signing event. During the rally, organizers said that over 105,000 signatures had been collected in just the first four days of their campaign.

Photo: Flickr user Sue Peacock.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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