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Wichita mayor threatened over mask mandate, police say

A 59-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly threatening the mayor of Wichita, Kansas, over the city’s mask mandate, authorities said.

Meredith Dowty of Wichita was booked Friday on suspicion of posing a criminal threat to Mayor Brandon Whipple, police said.

The mayor told Wichita Eagle that another city official showed him text messages from the man, asked for his address and threatened to “kidnap me and cut my throat.”

The suspect was reportedly angry over the mayor’s mandate for pandemic mask and quoted “masks and tyranny,”

; Whipple told Eagle.

“The investigation is ongoing and will be presented to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office,” the Wichita Police Department said in a statement.

“Violence is never a way to resolve disagreements,” the mayor tweeted Friday. “We are always stronger together as a city, even when times are at their toughest.”

NBC News could not find a lawyer for Dowty. The public defense office did not respond immediately.

Earlier this month, 13 men were arrested in an alleged foiled plan to kidnap Michigan Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over her restrictions aimed at limiting the spread of coronavirus.

Joe Studley and Cristian Santana the contribution.

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