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On Friday, a Texas man was charged by the Justice Department prosecutors for reportedly making threats against election workers in Georgia.
Chad Christopher Stark, the suspect, was pinned by prosecutors over a message posted on Craigslist saying, “Georgia Patriots it’s time for us to take back our state from these lawless treasonous traitors. It’s time to invoke our Second Amendment right, it’s time to put a bullet in the treasonous Chinese.”
Prosecutors say Stark was referring to an election official, who is not named in court documents.
The indictment cites that Stark has also threatened other government officials, two at least, who are not identified in the charges as well, along with others.
According to the indictment, the message is written as follows, “militia up Georgia it’s time to spill blood….we need to pay a visit to [Official C] and her family as well and put a bullet her behind the ears.”
“It’s our duty as American Patriots to put an end to the lives of these traitors and take back our country by force we can no longer wait on the corrupt law enforcement in the corrupt courts. If we want our country back we have to exterminate these people,” he said, according to the indictment.
The message was posted by Stark on the day of or around January 5. It is the day prior to former President Donald Trump’s followers moving into the US Capitol and attempting to halt the 2020 election certification.
On Friday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that “the very least we can do is to commit to keeping them safe,” denouncing threats made against election employees.
“There is no First Amendment right to unlawfully threaten to harm or kill someone and bitter historical experience has made clear that the time to address threats is when they occur, not after a tragedy has struck,” he said at the US Conference of Mayors.
“The Justice Department will continue to do all it can to hold accountable those who target public servants with violence or illegal threats of violence,” he added. “Indeed today, we are taking law enforcement action to that end.”
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