Arkansas State Police do not believe public officials are in any danger after looking into e-mails and social media containing threatening remarks. Here’s the full statement by spokesman Bill Sadler:
“Over the past three-days Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division were made aware of emails and social media activity containing threatening remarks directed at two members of the Arkansas General Assembly.
“After making contact with the individuals who may have written and transmitted the comments; the State Police has not developed any evidence that would substantiate a criminal investigation being opened.
“State Police have also been in contact with the state representatives who were the subjects of the comments and at this time there is no reason to believe their safety is presently compromised.”
The statement was issued Monday after Sadler was asked about reports that state police were investigating statements made in a Republican Party of Benton County newsletter. April’s monthly newsletter, which came out Saturday, contained an article saying that the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms is useless unless it stokes a fear in lawmakers that they will be shot unless they represent their constituents.