FBI says it's prepared to investigate threat against Shreveport mayoral candidate

GRAPHIC CONTENT: Groups respond to racial threat against Caddo official

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Less than 24 hours after a Shreveport mayoral candidate reportedly received a threat at his family's doorstep, authorities are looking into it.

Caddo Commissioner Steven Jackson says he received the menacing flyer early Wednesday morning.

The letter reading that reads "leave our property and statue alone. Get out of the race" was paired with a picture of the commissioner with the words rope written beneath it.

It appeared to allude to the Confederate statue on the north side of the Caddo Courthouse grounds in downtown Shreveport.

A court has cleared the way for the commission to remove the statue.

Both Louisiana State Police and the FBI have confirmed to KSLA News 12 that the agencies are aware of the incident.

The FBI responded to inquiries about its role by releasing this statement:

"We are aware of the incident in Shreveport and are in regular contact with State and local authorities.  If in the course of the local investigation, information comes to light of a potential federal offense, the FBI is prepared to investigate. The FBI takes seriously all acts or threats of violence and is committed to investigating crimes that are potentially motivated by hate," on behalf of the FBI New Orleans Field Office.

Since the incident, other groups have come forward condemning the attack against Jackson.

The Anti-Defamation League, in part, wrote:

"We condemn this vile, racist threat against Commissioner Jackson and the ongoing acts of intimidation against him. The Shreveport community and beyond must stand in solidarity against this bigoted attack," said Aaron Ahlquist, South Central Regional Director.

The Louisiana Democratic Party also released a statement, which in part reads:

"Attacks like these have no place in our political system, which is the resounding message coming from Democrats and our Republican brothers and sisters.  While these acts certainly shock people, they also tend to empower the Candidates to fight harder, longer and smarter.  We are encouraged by the way the Commissioner is handling this and we agree that it is always the right time to stand up to racism and bullies."

The Shreveport area chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy also has denounced the threat and offered to help with any investigation into the matter.

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