For my own safety, and the safety of my family, I had to expose this today. Here I include their names, their death threats and plans, and more. Who are you supposed to turn to in a moment like this? Police? The NYPD? The FBI? We felt like exposing them publicly was our best tool today.
Death threats are pretty much guaranteed when you enter the arena of high profile politics.
For years, Shaun and his family have received these threats. They come primarily in the form of social media comments and are never anything substantial. The profiles linked to the comments are often made just to spread hate and it is rarely possible to trace those profiles back to actual people. The threats are usually meant to simply cause panic, not to be carried out.
Then, a private Facebook group chat was uncovered.
Populated primarily by former southern California law enforcement officers, the group has around 1,500 members. Earlier this week, they began making threats against Shaun’s life, threats that soon escalated into a full-blown plan.
“Shaun King needs to be put down”
“Toss this guy from a helicopter”
“Need a sniper”
These aren’t social media comments meant to spread fear. These are private messages between trained officers with the motive and means to make good on their words. These threats carry weight.
In today’s episode, Shaun breaks down how this chat was brought to his attention, why they are different from any threats he’s received in the past and what he’s doing to combat them.