A poll watcher in Detroit was threatened with a gun on Tuesday, according to the Michigan Republican Party, which issued a statement condemning the threat.
“This morning, a legally credentialed poll watcher was threatened and intimidated while attempting to perform his legally allowed duties of observing the election process at precinct polling location 289 in Detroit,” the Republican Party said in a statement.
It added that the poll watcher, who works as a lawyer, was told by a voter to show his credentials and when he produced them, the voter was not satisfied.
“However, the voter said that wasn’t good enough and that he had ‘a badge and a gun’ and told the poll watcher get out of the precinct,” the statement continues. “Rather than allow the situation to escalate, the poll watcher left before the voter produced a badge or brandished a gun.”
The poll watcher then called 911 but police in Detroit refused to respond to the phone call even though the man had a gun and could potentially place others at risk, according to the Republican Party.
“Poll watchers, precinct workers and voters should not be put in danger when performing their duties, our Republic requires free and fair elections,” Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak stated.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the voter turnout across the city was high and there were few incidents.
Detroit is frequently listed as one of the most violent cities in the U.S. In 2012, a report from Forbes magazine said it was the “Most Dangerous City” for a fourth year in a row.
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