In response to two Martinez residents being charged with a hate crime, the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office has confirmed “threats” have been made against District Attorney Diana Becton.
The threats came in the form of phone calls, electronic messages and on social media.
The threats come after Nicole Anderson, 42, and David Nelson, 53, were charged with three misdemeanor counts, including a hate crime, for their alleged actions on July 4 where they painted over a Black Lives Matter Mural in downtown Martinez.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, Nelson and Anderson arrived at the scene of the mural after it was completed with paint supplies. Anderson started to paint over the yellow letters “B” and “L” in the word “Black.” She used black paint and a large paint roller to do so.
In a statement Tuesday, District Attorney spokesperson Scott Alonso confirmed the threats and said an investigation is active.
“Last week our Office was the subject of threats due to the filing decision involving the alleged July 4 hate crime. There was extreme and divisive language used against our Office on social media, from phone calls we received and from other electronic messages. As the criminal case is very active and in its early stages we cannot discuss this case further,” said the District Attorney’s Office in a statement.
Contra Costa County Sheriffs spokesperson Jimmy Lee said in a statement that any threat against an elected official is a serious matter that needs to be immediately reported to their local law enforcement agency for follow up and investigation.
No other information was made available.