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Colorado Man Threatened Violence Against Sen. Bennet ‘s Staff Last Thursday

Colorado Man Threatened Violence Against Sen. Bennet ‘s Staff Last Thursday

A Colorado man, 44-year-old John Troy Davis, has been arrested for allegedly threatening Democratic Senator Michael Bennet’s staff in Denver last Thursday, January 6, two days before Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was critically injured in a shooting in Tucson that left six dead and 14 wounded. Reports of the threats against Sen. Bennet have surfaced at a time when, in the wake of the shooting in Tucson, many lawmakers are making changes to their security arrangements. At least two lawmakers, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.) say that they will be carrying guns in their home districts. (Politico)

felony complaint was filed against Davis on Friday. The Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained an arrest warrant for him and he was taken into custody by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on the same day. 

According to an arrest warrant affidavit cited in the Denver Post, Davis called Sen. Bennet’s office on Thursday ‘upset’ over his social security benefits. During the call, Davis said that he ‘”may go to terrorism.”‘ He is also alleged to have said,

“To get your attention, I will go down there and set fire to the perimeter.”

 

And, in a call several days earlier, Davis had said, ”I’m just going to come down there and shoot you all,” while complaining about social security benefits, according to the affidavit.

 

During one call, Davis referred to himself as mentally ill, saying,

 

“I’m a schizophrenic and I need help.” 

 

The Denver Post reported that Bennet’s staff had set up a hearing earlier  to discuss Davis’s Social Security benefits, but he did not attend. Davis had repeatedly called Sen. Bennet’s office last month and made threats.  And, back in July, he had been arrested on a drug charge that was subsequently dismissed.

 

 

The threats resulted in Security was increased around Bennet’s office and his home in Denver.

 

Davis faces ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

 

There is ‘no indication of any connection’ between the shooting of Rep. Giffords and the threats to Sen. Bennet, according to the Associated Press (via Politico).  

 

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9:02PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Thank you.

9:01PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Thank you.

10:06PM PST on Jan 13, 2011

If mental health resources were funded and a law enacted that mentally ill patients would have supervised medication administration, it would eliminate many, many crimes. It's estimated that street drugs are mainly taken by mentally ill patients unable or unwilling to take psychotrophic drugs. I remember in the 60's when the mental health facilities were closed and all their patients were put on the street without resource or medications. Other alternative housing was supposed to be provided, but was never funded.

2:27PM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:48AM PST on Jan 12, 2011

A real step up for Colorado!

12:30AM PST on Jan 12, 2011

His face should be aired on the tv so that he can be apprehended.

8:43PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

"Guns don't kill people. People kill people."

Somehow I doubt that pointing a finger and saying "Bang!" would have the same effect.

5:57PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Isn't it intriguing, how the politicians, finally wake up, when they are _personally_ threatened?

It will be quite absorbing to see if they, now, want to scale back some of our gun laws.

3:42PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Wow - "loose-lips" certainly caught him out. Hopefully, this serves as an example to others who spread hate. How about working towards a more civil society?

3:03PM PST on Jan 11, 2011

Definitely a loony. SS admin doesn't jerk you around if you are entitled to benefits.

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