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Cases of threats against MPs increased tenfold in five years Cases of threats against MPs increased tenfold in five years IV News

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Stephanie Lye, Luke Broad, Carl Hulse2 hours ago

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Seattle, US Indian-born Democratic lawmaker Pramila Jaipal has been found sending angry e-mails several times outside her home. He stands with a semi-automatic gun. Screams and threatens. An unknown person broke a window at the home of Republican Senator Susan Collins in Bangor, Maine. A man repeatedly threatens Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the Queens area of ​​New York City. Once she reached his office.

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With an increase in violent and violent political speeches, lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties faced threats and confrontations. After the attack on the Capitol building on January 6, 2021, MPs of both parties have been victims of incidents such as armed men around their homes, chases and assaults by unknown people. Many expect this alarming trend to increase further ahead of the midterm elections next month. Collins, a five-time MP, says an MP can be killed. Earlier there were abusive phone calls. Now they are warning of threats of violence and actual violence. According to the Capitol Police and the Federal Law Enforcement Division, which deals with the security of Parliament, after Donald Trump became president in 2016, cases of intimidation of lawmakers increased tenfold to 9,625 in 2021. In the 2016 election campaign, violent and vile speeches were given. 1820 crimes were reported in the first quarter of this year. These cases may increase as elections approach.

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Only a few people have been arrested in only a few cases after a flood of threats and threats. In Washington, Capitol Police spokesman Tim Barber said police have made several arrests over the past three years in response to an increase in threats against politicians. Many such incidents were committed by mentally weak people.

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