March 10, 2011- One hallmark of the protests in Wisconsin has been how, well, benign they've been. Other than a semi-serious discussion about tape residue left by the pro-union activists who filled the state capitol, there have been few arrests and even fewer reports of violence. Following the state Senate GOP's unilateral passage of the bill taking away collective bargaining rights from thousands of state workers, however, things may have taken a turn for the darker.
The AP reports the Wisconsin Dept. Of Justice "is investigating an e-mail threatening the lives" of several Republican lawmakers, including Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald. From the text of the emails first published by WTMJ-AM:
Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes [sic] will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks.
The AP reports that Fitzgerald's office handed over the "address of the person who sent one of the threatening e-mails" to police.
The Justice Dept. confirmed to TPM it's investigating "this and several other threats from a variety of sources."
Fitzgerald said today is not the first time he's felt nervous about the protests going on around him. "A protester was arrested this week for trespassing at his Dodge County home," the AP reports, "after she walked onto his porch and banged on the window."