Via The Charlotte Observer:
The FBI’s Charlotte office is investigating reported death threats against Muslims made at a meeting of conservative activists in Kernersville, an agency spokeswoman said Thursday.
“My only recommendation is to start killing the hell out of them,” one participant said, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Washington, D.C. “I’m ready to start taking people out.”
The meeting at a seafood restaurant included a presentation on “a supposed Muslim plot to conquer the United States,” the council said, citing local media reports of the Feb. 16 meeting.
“Shed some blood, too,” the same participant said in response to the presenter’s call to “shed some light” on the issue, according to the council.
The FBI began investigating the threats before CAIR called on the agency to look into the remarks, Shelley Lynch, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Charlotte office, said Thursday. The Observer on Saturday published a story about CAIR’s call for the probe.
“The FBI is aware of news media stories about a recent meeting in North Carolina where comments were reportedly made against the Muslim community,” the agency said in a statement. “We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine if a federal violation involving threats of violence that is not speech protected under the First Amendment has occurred.
“The safety and security of our citizens is a priority for the FBI, and we have been in contact with local community leaders to assure them we take potential threats of violence very seriously,” the FBI said.