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Wichita mayor, councilman, police chief receive death threats

Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple answers questions during his weekly briefing Oct. 14 at City Hall.
Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple answers questions during his weekly briefing Oct. 14 at City Hall.(KWCH)
Published: May. 23, 2022 at 10:26 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: The Wichita Police Department is investigating death threats made against Mayor Bradon Whipple, Councilman Brandon Johnson and Interim Police Chief Lem Moore.

Police say on Monday, an officer was made aware of a concerning message sent via an anonymous internet platform regarding the mayor and council member. The message referenced both and said that they would die if they appoint a new police chief.

A similar message was received the previous week, said police. It was directed at Interim Chief Lem Moore, telling him to leave Wichita or he would die.

The police department said it takes the threats seriously and all three city leaders were made aware of the threats immediately.

Councilman Brandon Johnson and Mayor Brandon Whipple confirmed that they received a death threat on Monday morning.

Johnson says, “the threat was received at 8 am today. The threat was that we would die if a new chief were appointed. It was worded in a weird way. There was a reference to the new world order and a name that hasn’t been confirmed yet.”

The Wichita Police Department (WPD) declined to comment at this time; however, councilman Johnson says he was made aware of the threat this morning from WPD.

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