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Aramis Ayala receives noose in the mail


[Orlando Sentinel]




From the Orlando Sentinel's Christal Hayes:

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala was sent a noose in the mail.

Ayala’s office reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office after receiving two threatening and racist letters in the mail, one of which included a noose, an incident report states.

The first letter was received March 20 after a clerk at the State Attorney’s Office picked up mail and saw a racist message on an envelope addressed to Ayala, an incident report states.

A week later, deputies say the clerk found a second threatening piece of mail, which appeared to have come from the same person.

He opened the envelope and found a noose made out of green twine. It was taped to a post card, authorities said.

The content of both letters was redacted by the Sheriff’s Office.

Workers told Ayala, the state’s first African-American state attorney, about the threatening pieces of mail.

She said she “believes the hangman’s noose was meant as a threat to her as a public official,” according to an incident report.

Ayala also said she thinks the incidents are a hate crime.

Deputies said they are investigating and working with the U.S. Postal Service to try to figure out where the letters originated.

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[Last modified: Friday, April 21, 2017 10:21am]


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