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Charlotte Mayor and City Council members receive threatening email

Over the last decade, CMPD is making far fewer arrests and writing far fewer citations. The decline has continued during the pandemic.
Steve Harrison
City Council members and Mayor Vi Lyles received a threatening email Friday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police sent patrol cars Friday morning to monitor the homes of Mayor Vi Lyles and some City Council members after they received a death threat in an email.

City Council member Larken Egleston posted the email on Twitter. It listed Lyles and other elected officials by name and said they were parasites. It included a photo of a rifle.

CMPD said this afternoon that it doesn’t believe the threat was credible. It said it appears the person who wrote the threat used someone else’s name.

Steve Harrison is WFAE's politics and government reporter. Prior to joining WFAE, Steve worked at the Charlotte Observer, where he started on the business desk, then covered politics extensively as the Observer’s lead city government reporter. Steve also spent 10 years with the Miami Herald. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, the Sporting News and Sports Illustrated.