The U.S. Justice Division arrested a Texas man on accusations he threatened election officers in Georgia within the aftermath of the 2020 presidential vote.
Chad Christopher Stark, 54, of Leander, Texas, was busted Friday on a cost of speaking interstate threats, ABC-13 Houston reported. The arrest stems from a Craigslist message he’s accused of posting on Jan. 5, 2021, stating that it was “time to kill” one elections official, whose identify just isn’t recognized within the court docket paperwork.
“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 [Official A]. Then we work our way down to [Official B] the local and federal corrupt judges,” Stark wrote, in line with the indictment, the Texas Tribune reported.
Georgia officers have been the targets of multiple threats within the days and weeks after the election, as supporters of President Trump objected to the outcomes.
Stark’s case is the primary introduced by a activity drive created in the course of the summer time to deal with election threats.
The indictment mentioned Stark threatened not less than three Georgia officers however didn’t establish them. Reuters, citing an unnamed supply, reported that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp have been among the many targets.
Raffensperger and Kemp are each Republicans who defended the Georgia vote depend regardless of stress from Trump and others. It was Raffensperger that Trump called in January 2021 telling him to “find” sufficient votes to overturn his loss.
“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,” Stark’s publish mentioned, in line with the indictment.
“One good loyal Patriot deer hunter in camo and a rifle can send a very clear message to these corrupt governors. 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,” the indictment quotes Stark’s message as saying.
Stark’s threats are amongst “dozens” of instances beneath federal investigation following the creation of the duty drive in June, mentioned Kenneth A. Well mannered Jr., the assistant lawyer basic for the division’s felony division. He mentioned the Justice Division analyzed greater than 850 experiences of threats to native election officers, Reuters reported.