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Police: West Virginia governor threatened over COVID orders

Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 11:39 AM EST
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP/WSAZ) — A West Virginia man has been charged with threatening Gov. Jim Justice and his staff over public health restrictions implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

West Virginia State Police say 49-year-old Steven Long was arrested Thursday night and charged with terroristic threatening.

Steven Long was arrested Thursday after an investigation that was initiated Wednesday by WVSP.
Steven Long was arrested Thursday after an investigation that was initiated Wednesday by WVSP.(WSAZ)

News outlets cite a criminal complaint that says Long tweeted calls for “LynchMob” violence in retaliation for the governor’s requirement that people wear masks in public to reduce the spread of infections.

The news outlets report that Long told troopers he was exercising his First Amendment right to free speech.

It wasn’t clear whether he has an attorney. Long was taken to the South Central Regional Jail. His bond is $10,000.

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