Rainbow PUSH coalition evacuated after bomb threat

By Evelyn Holmes

April 14, 2007 (CHICAGO) - The Reverend Jesse Jackson and employees of his Rainbow PUSH Coalition evacuated their South Side Chicago headquarters after a bomb threat was made.

Rainbow PUSH says the incident happened yesterday afternoon after Jackson held a news conference to discuss the firing of radio show host Don Imus.

The Chicago Police Department's bomb squad unit used trained dogs to search the building.

Jackson and the others were admitted back into the building after it was declared safe.

In a statement, Jackson said he believed the bomb threat was related to his vocal opposition to Imus' comments.

Last week, Imus called the Rutgers women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos," and Jackson's group held protests calling for Imus' ouster.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)