Police investigate death threats against Walker recall activists
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.
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