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Police: St. Paul mayor received threats, hateful message over trash referendum

Updated: October 23, 2019 06:59 PM

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has received numerous threats and racist messages regarding the city's trash collection referendum, according to police.

A police report was filed on Oct. 15 after letters were written to Carter's office, according to Sgt. Mike Ernster, with the St. Paul Police Department.

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According to Ernster, the letters, which were received on Oct. 7 and Oct. 11, contained newspaper clippings and racial epithets.

On Oct. 21, another report was written after the mayor's office received a threatening phone message directed at the mayor.

According to Ernster, the caller said if the trash referendum goes through, the mayor would pay for it and would "need bulletproof glass on his home."

The mayor's office issued a statement saying while two reports were filed over the past week, it is not uncommon for the office to receive calls or letters that are reported to the police.

"While we don't publicize our office's security measures, we take all threats seriously, and are diligent in our steps to ensure the safety of the mayor and our staff," the statement read.

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