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SLC Police: Man arrested for threatening mayor the day before downtown rally

Posted at 9:05 PM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 23:13:13-04

SALT LAKE CITY — A man was arrested Friday after police say he called the Salt Lake City Mayor's office with a violent threat.

Marlin Richard Baer, 58, threatened that Mayor Erin Mendenhall would be "forcibly removed from office" if she didn't "open up the city," according to the arrest report.

"There's a protest tomorrow and if things don't change, a civil war is coming, and the police can't stop me," he also reportedly said.

Police say Baer also posted a comment on the Facebook page of the Saturday's protest, saying: "Bring your guns, the civil war starts Saturday. Be prepared to defend our god given constitutional right. Let no man stand us under the time is now." [sic]

Baer was arrested on suspicion of "threat of terrorism" and "electronic communication harassment," both misdemeanors.