The threats showed up in a chilling letter that came in the mail, which at least several homes in Brook Park received. Those homes have signs or flags supporting Trump.
The letters are all the same and say in part, “You people that support Trump, you will get payback for it. We will run you out of the city.”
Among those getting the letters, Tracy Udrija-Peters and her husband.
“What’s gonna happen?” she said. “Do we have to take the chance someone might try to do something to our home or whatever? This has been just a little bit scary.”
Another homeowner said, “I’m taking it seriously. I’m not sure what to expect. But, it’s concerning.”
We noticed the letters went to homes where people are clearly supporting President Trump, but they’re not addressed to anyone by name.
So did someone drive around taking note of homes with Trump signs?
The letters also includes a line saying, “Wait ‘til you need city service, you will be shunned.”
Brook Park Mayor Mike Gammell said, “I’m appalled.”
He points out, no matter how someone votes, they’ll still get police protection and streets plowed.
“Regardless of who wins the election, we’re gonna support who wins. We’re gonna operate the city, treat people fairly and move on,” he said.
What about following the trail of that mail? At first glance, no obvious clues. The postmark shows Cleveland, but the letters have no return address.
Brook Park police have opened an investigation, and the US Postal Inspection Service says it is working with the FBI to investigate.
In a statement, the Postal Inspection Service said, “And when these attacks threaten to intimidate American voters in the midst of an election, we respond swiftly with the FBI to ensure that citizens can trust that their mail and the election, two of America’s most trusted institutions, are free from malicious interference. “
While the targets of those letters tell us, they can’t pass it off as a prank, it won’t stop them from showing support for their candidate.
“I’m standing my ground. I’m leaving my signs up. That’s the beauty of this country. It’s free speech,” Udrija-Peters said.
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