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Wichita mayor threatened a mask mandate, police say



A 59-year-old man was arrested for allegedly threatening the mayor of Wichita, Kansas, over the city’s mask mandate.

Meredith Dowty of Wichita was booked on Friday on suspicion of a criminal threat with Mayor Brandon Whipple, police said.

The mayor told the Wichita Eagle that another city official showed him text messages from the man, asked for his address, and threatened to “kidnap and cut my throat.”

The suspect was reportedly angry with the mayor’s pandemic mask mandate, quoting “masks and tyranny,”

; Whipple told the eagle.

“The investigation is ongoing and will be brought before the Sedgwick County Attorney’s Office,” said a statement from the Wichita Police Department.

“Violence is never a way to resolve disagreements,” the mayor tweeted on Friday. “As a city we are always closer together, even when times are the most difficult.”

NBC News couldn’t find an attorney for Dowty. The public defender’s office did not respond immediately.

Earlier this month, 13 men were arrested in an allegedly foiled plot to kidnap Michigan’s Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer over restrictions on the spread of the coronavirus.

Joe Studley and Cristian Santana contributed.




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