Members of local groups that plan to protest during the Democratic National Convention next month claim a police officer is threatening them.There's video. Note Spagz' t-shirt.
Members of "Denver CopWatch" and several other activists say they received an email threatening a police riot during the convention.
The top of the email message says "We beat you then, we'll beat you again," apparently referencing what is called a “police riot” during the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
Part of the email text reads: “Think your tough hippy? Get ready to get down!! We're celebrating 40 years of beat-down!!”
Denver CopWatch tells us the email came from a Hotmail account and was written by a rank-and-file police officer.
Six different Denver activists got the message - some, from the group "Recreate 68." They say it's an attempt to intimidate DNC demonstrators.
Denver CopWatch claims the sender also set up a profile on MySpace.com with similar threats.
“One was directed specifically to me on their website that we' d receive quite a bit of pain if we came out and protested,” said Glen Spagnuolo of Recreate ’68.
Some of the people who received the threatening message plan to take the email to the office of the Independent Monitor and they will also ask for an investigation to determine who sent the threatening message.
Thursday, July 10, 2008