Police investigate threats to Denver councilman
DENVER – Denver police are investigating threatening e-mails sent to a Denver city councilman after he refused to appear on an Animal Planet show about pit bulls.
Councilman Charlie Brown said Friday one of the e-mails he received referenced the recent shootings in Arizona that injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Police spokesman Sonny Jackson told The Denver Post that authorities are taking the threats to Brown seriously.
“Any threats like that we will take very seriously, especially in this climate,” Jackson said.
Brown said the threats started after he declined to appear on the show “Pit Boss” when it came to Denver. The show features former actor Shorty Rossi rescuing and retraining pit bulls.
Brown opposes overturning a 1989 city ordinance that bans pit bulls and told the show’s producer that whenever the issue comes up he receives alarming calls and letters.
“Following the Tucson tragedy, I frankly don’t feel comfortable being a guest,” Brown said in the letter, which was reported by the weekly newspaper Westword.
“I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and trust you understand the potential safety issue (that) appearing on your show could generate,” Brown said.
Brown forwarded the threatening e-mails to police, including one that read, “Your (sic) afraid because of what happened in Arizona and you should be.”
Denver’s pit bull ban in the city limits came after an animal bit the Rev. Wilbur Billingsley 70 times, breaking his two legs.
Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com