UPDATE: MPD Says Its "Evaluating" Threats Against Governor Walker

UPDATED Wednesday, June 6, 2012 --- 6:34 p.m.

Press Release from the Department of Justice:

MADISON —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, is investigating several complaints regarding threats posted on social media sites following yesterday’s election.

Individuals with information relating to any threats should contact DCI at 608-266-1671. Contact information will be required from callers to allow investigators to follow up on their information. Since this is an active investigation, no other information about the nature of the threats is available at this time.

“Any kind of threat to someone’s personal safety or the safety of one’s family is taken seriously and could lead to criminal charges. I encourage anyone with information to come forward,” DCI Administrator Ed Wall said.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 6, 2012 --- 11:50 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Police Department says it's evaluating threats made against Gov. Scott Walker through social media.

An email from police department spokeswoman Anne Schwartz says all threats are handled seriously and can be a criminal act. Schwartz declined to elaborate.

MPD says the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is also looking into the threats. DOJ spokeswoman Dana Brueck says the agency investigates any and all threats.

Walker said Wednesday he doesn't compromise his safety, but is not going to let that stand in the way of doing his job and mingling with the people of Wisconsin.

The recall capped a bitter fight between Walker supporters and public sector unions and labor groups angered by cuts to collective bargaining that the governor advanced.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, June 6, 2012 --- 10:40 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Police Department says it's evaluating threats made against Gov. Scott Walker through social media.

An email from police department spokeswoman Anne Schwartz says all threats are handled seriously and can be a criminal act. Schwartz declined to elaborate.

Authorities say the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is also looking into the threats. Walker said Wednesday he doesn't compromise his safety, but is not going to let that stand in the way of doing his job and mingling with the people of Wisconsin.

Walker Tuesday won a contentious recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The recall capped a bitter fight between Walker supporters and public sector unions and labor groups angered by cuts to collective bargaining that the governor advanced.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Wednesday, June 6, 2012 --- 9:30 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Police Department says it's evaluating threats made against Gov. Scott Walker through social media.

An email from police department spokeswoman Anne Schwartz says all threats are handled seriously and can be a criminal act. It says people cannot assume anonymity via social media while issuing a threat to another's safety or life. Schwartz declined to elaborate.

Authorities say the Wisconsin Department of Justice's Division of Criminal Investigation is also looking into the threats. Walker Tuesday won a contentious recall election against Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The recall capped a bitter fight between Walker supporters and public sector unions and labor groups angered by cuts to collective bargaining that the governor advanced.

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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