A Douglasville Georgia woman now faces charges for making terroristic threats to her neighbors. Douglas County officers say that the woman sent threatening letters claiming to ve a 6ft tall male and member of the KKK. The letter threatened to burn down homes and even kill her black neighbors as part of a fake racial attack. Fake, police say because the woman accused is also black.
“The first notes were received Dec. 21, 2020. Other notes were received Feb. 17, Feb. 22, March 1 and March 3. After a 6-month absence, a final note was received Sept. 6.”
“…The notes were received by at least 7 Blacks who lived in the neighborhood and that the notes contained the N-word and talked about hanging people and killing kids.
“The Douglasville Police Department said the investigation started by detectives going “door-to-door to check doorbell cameras and gather whatever information they could from the residents.” They also handed out flyers to residents about the racially motivated threats.”
Detectives Andre Futch and Shumaker determined that the letters had “similar handwriting, tone and verbiage with some distinctive letters that were consistent throughout.”
On Sept. 6, law enforcement found evidence linking the terroristic letters to the home of Terresha Lucas – a 30-year-old black female. The detectives gathered enough evidence to obtain a search warrant. During the search, detectives found other evidence that tied the suspect to the threatening notes, Shumaker said.
Lucas was charged with eight counts of making terroristic threats. The motive behind the hate hoax was not immediately released by authorities.”
While I agree that she should face charges for making terroristic threats, I’m not so sure Lucas shouldn’t also face hate crime-related charges. Especially given the nature of her alleged crimes. I could be wrong, but it doesn’t seem like the color of her skin should change the nature of the crime. What do you think? Let me know in the comments below.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.