Man warns Georgia sheriff who took Trump mugshot will be 'hurt real bad'

 November 1, 2023

An Alabama man was arrested over threatening to hurt Sheriff Patrick Labat and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis over former President Donald Trump's indictment.

Arthur Ray Hanson II reportedly left threatening voicemails to the individuals shortly after Trump's mugshot was released.

The message

“If you think you gonna take a mugshot of my President Donald Trump and it’s gonna be ok, you gonna find out that after you take that mugshot, some bad (expletive is) probably gonna happen to you,” Hanson said in the voicemail for Labat, according to an indictment.

“I’m warning you right now before you (expletive) up your life and get hurt real bad. … Whether you got a (expletive) badge or not ain’t gonna help you none,” Hanson added.

The court's response

“Threats against public servants are not only illegal, but also a threat against our democratic process,” said Keri Farley, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, in a press release from the Northern District of Georgia office.

“The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. We take this responsibility very seriously and seek to punish those who engage in this type of criminal behavior, and to send the message that such conduct will not be tolerated," she continued.

The background

"Willis on Aug. 14 obtained an indictment against Trump and 18 other people, accusing them of participating in a wide-ranging scheme to try to illegally overturn the results of the 2020 election in Georgia," the Associated Press reported.

"The indictment — the fourth criminal case filed against Trump in a matter of months — had been widely anticipated," it noted.

Trump's indictment is one of several he has faced in recent months in his comeback bid for the White House. He also faces charges in New York, Washington and Florida.

The charges have so far not harmed his popularity in nationwide polls where he holds a strong lead over fellow GOP candidates.

The charge against Hanson shows how heated the situation has become in some cases, with the man now facing his own legal battle for his alleged threats against those involved.

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