Words by Nick Slay
This weekend Democratic Senator Cory Booker received death threats directed at him and his family. The popular senator who is widely speculated to run in the 2020 election, is having police security “beefed up” at his Essex County home in New Jersey. These reports came in from U.S. capitol police Saturday evening, as part of a statement by Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, who is no stranger to these kinds of threats.
Baraka’s office did provide the following statement about the credible threat:
The Newark Police Division has been notified by the United States Capitol Police (USCP) regarding a threat on the life of New Jersey Senator Cory Booker and his family members. As a result, members of the Police Division’s Executive Protection Unit have been assigned to provide security at the Senator’s residence in Newark. The security detail will have no impact on police services. The USCP provides protection to Members of Congress and we are closely coordinating with the agency to ensure Senator Booker is able to carry out his duties of serving New Jersey’s residents in Congress in a safe manner.
Mayor Baraka did note that city police will be working in tangent with the USCP to ensure the senator’s well being. Booker, who was a former mayor of Newark, has been in the headlines lately after his vocal stance on the DREAM Act, and his call for President Donald Trump to step down after sexual misconduct allegations.
No other information is available at this time about the threat or the ongoing police investigation, however stay tuned to The Source for developments on this news story.