A cannister from Wayne County is demonstrating on Thursday after a woman from New Hampshire was accused of threatening her online.
Press officer Monica Palmer says she fears for her life and the life of her family after receiving violent and threatening messages in November.
“I received text messages with explicit pictures of naked and dead women and then a picture of my daughter informing me that this is what will happen to my daughter,” said Palmer during a meeting of the State Collectors Council. Michigan.
Palmer and his 12-year-old daughter were threatened by 23-year-old Katelyn Jones after the canvasser initially voted against certifying the results of the 2020 election in November.
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Jones is accused of sending several threats to Palmer via text messages and Instagram, including two graphic photos of a mutilated woman’s body with a note to Palmer saying his daughter “should be scared”. Jones was arrested by the FBI at her mother’s New Hampshire home, where she admitted sending the messages.
“Just thinking about it … you’re looking back at every moment of every day,” said Palmer of the threats. “You are not sleeping.”
The threats against Palmer are the latest in a year of growing threats of political violence and intimidation.
More recently, armed protesters gathered outside the home of Michigan Secretary of State in Detroit, Jocelyn Benson; violent voice messages were left for Democratic state representative Cynthia Johnson, who in turn called on supporters to rise up against Trump voters; and – most violent of all – a plot to kidnap and kill Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer for alleged domestic terrorists earlier this year.
On Thursday, Palmer said he is grateful that the person behind the threats to him is now behind bars, but his fear has not gone away.
“I can’t go to the supermarket. I can’t go shopping for Christmas without fear that someone will steal my daughter, ”said Palmer.
If convicted, Jones faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $ 250,000.
Palmer says he plans to remain on the Wayne County Canvasser Council, despite recent events.
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