Multiple agencies investigate death threats against Walker after recall win
Jodi Becker with Jay Sorgi
MILWAUKEE - Several law enforcement agencies are investigating several complaints regarding threats posted on social media sites following Tuesday's recall election.
According to a press release, "The Department of Justice (DOJ), Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI), in partnership with the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Wisconsin Capitol Police, Milwaukee Police Department and other law enforcement agencies" are part of the investigation.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ has confirmed a number of tweets which were aggregated and posted on Twitchy.com Wednesday morning.
Those tweets describe various death threats against the Governor.
Many contain vulgar content, but one of them includes "Scott Walker will die within the next week. I've already paid for the hit."
The Governor's spokesman tells 620WTMJ that they are aware of the threats, that Walker has security, and that his schedule will not change from what has been planned.
Walker told TODAY'S TMJ4, "Elected officials get some of those all the time. You don't ever compromise your safety but I'm never going to let that stand in the way of doing my job and being out with the people across the state of Wisconsin."
"People cannot assume anonymity via social media while issuing a threat to another's safety or life," said Milwaukee police spokeswoman Anne E. Schwartz in a statement.
Individuals with information relating to any threats should contact DCI at 608-266-1671