According to reports, Aramis Ayala’s office contacted the Sheriff’s court security division after receiving two threatening and racist letters in the mail, one of which contained a noose.
The reports show the first letter was received by the State Attorney’s Office mail clerk on March 20th. The clerk picked up the mail and noticed a racist message on the envelope addressed to Ayala. A week later, the office received another letter with the same threatening messages. Authorities believe that the message originated from the same person, based on similar threatening messages.
After opening the envelope, the clerk found a noose made out of green twine. The noose was taped to a postcard, authorities said. Staff informed her about the threatening.
Deputies said they are investigating and working alongside the U.S. Postal Service to try to figure out where the letters originated.
Attorney Aramis Ayala is the first African American elected state attorney. Aramis also gained attention following her announcement last month that she would not seek the death penalty against any defendant, including an accused cop killer, Markeith Loyd.
Following her announcement, Gov. Rick Scott reassigned 23 of her capital cases to another prosecutor. Ayala filed a lawsuit against Scott earlier this month, claiming the Governor does not have authority to remove her from cases.
Source: Orlando Weekly