During this past Monday’s May 1st City Council meeting Mayor Pro Tem Erickson spoke during the Council member comment period. He began with a list of events attended and then spoke to the recovery community. The Mayor Pro Tem then spoke to a threat received earlier the day. A copy of his statement is below:
“Additionally, on a different note I received another death threat. I received a text message to my phone, that said the following, Hi John, fag, a noose would look great on your neck. And I just want to say, especially to my mother, I’m going to be fine– because she is been blowing up my phone. That these things happen when we allow hatred and intolerance to continue in our community. We are doing a great job at being at the forefront and ensuring that everybody knows that they are welcome here in this city of West Hollywood. We are always going to be that city. And Im never-ever going to step back from making sure and helping lead the charge and pushing people up and letting people know that they are loved and that they are equal. So I have to say to this individual, because this I think number 5 or 6 I’m not afraid of you and I will keep on fighting to the bitter end.”
WEHOville posed questions to Mayor Pro Tem Erickson regarding the threat.
Did you file a report with the Sheriff?
I’m working with Captain Bill Moulder on a report and investigation but the recent events on the AK47 person is a priority and that goes first.
Have their been other threats?
Yes, multiple others.
How hurtful are these instances as a public official?
It’s extremely hurtful because we are living in a world where the hatred and bigotry seems to be winning
Do you think it is somebody who knows you?
I think it’s a crazy but this is my personal cell phone and you have to know how to find it.
The recent threats to the Mayor Pro Tem follow previous threats in 2022 to then Mayor Pro Tem Shyne. Shyne then made a request for additional personal security, but Erickson has not.
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