Memphis police arrest suspect after gay community centre receives threatening letter

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Memphis police have arrested Charles Lee, who they believe sent a threatening letter to the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center in early May.

Back in May, police reported that "someone left a handwritten letter with a swastika on the envelope, anti-homosexual slurs and threats of violence if the center 'keeps pushing your sordid agenda.'" The letter also contained a bomb threat.

In an email to supporters, the MGLCC Executive Director Will Batts said,

Since receiving the threat, we have been in close contact with law enforcement officials who are investigating the situation thoroughly. Internally, we have been reviewing our current security measures, policies, and procedures, and have been making enhancements and increasing our security where appropriate. We want to ensure that this safe space we have created will remain safe for all lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and our allies in the region.

Batts vowed the threat would not impede the work of the community center: "We will continue business as usual," he said. According to a number of news reports out of Memphis at the time, both the Memphis Police Department as well as the FBI were investigating.

Today, members, employees and supporters of the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center can breathe a little easier.

Charles Lee is charged with civil rights intimidation.




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