Police investigate threats, messages against Seattle mayor

Seattle (AP) — Police are investigating a series of incidents where homophobic slurs and hateful messages were left outside the home of Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan. KOMO-TV reports some seemed designed to intimidate or threaten. Given that Durkan is the city’s first lesbian mayor, a tag left on the street at her house Thursday night smacks of homophobia, officials said. Durkan’s staff have also seen an increase in threats and hateful messages via her email, swatting, social media, voicemail and letters, including death threats. There have been so many threats the Seattle police have streamlined the reporting process to give them a direct channel to detectives.