Michigan AG Dana Nessel Investigates Threats Against Wayne County Canvassers

November 24, 2020, 11:24 AM by  Allan Lengel

Monica Palmer (File photo)

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is investigating threats against members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. 

“We will investigate any credible complaints of threats to government officials, elected or appointed, and will prosecute criminal conduct to the fullest extent of the law," Nessel said in a press release. "Serving the people – regardless of party – is an honorable but sometimes difficult and thankless task. And while many of us have been subjected to hateful and often obscene insults, threats of violence and harm will not be tolerated.”

The probe was launched shortly after last week's Wayne County Board of Canvassers meeting in which the two Republican members first voted against certifying the county vote  Hours later they voted 4-0 to certify.

Some people accused Republican board members of being racist for singling out Detroit for irregularities as the reason for not certifying the county. Critics pointed out that predominantely white cities the county like Livonia had similiar issues.

On Monday, during the comment section of the State Board of Canvassers meeting, Republican Wayne County Board of Canvassers member Monica Palmer said she received graphic threats because of last week's vote.

"I have received text messages with graphic photos of naked, dead women. And then a photo of my daughter, letting me know that that's what's going to happen to my daughter," Palmer said. 

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