Kansas City Mayor Called Racist Slur After Declaring Face Masks Mandatory

Written by on June 29, 2020

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas Metropolis’s Black mayor stated Monday that he was known as a racist slur and informed he ought to “swing from a tree” after he introduced necessary face masks within the Missouri metropolis.

Mayor Quinton Lucas on Twitter shared a screenshot of the texts, which got here after he introduced Friday that masks shall be required in Kansas Metropolis when 6 ft (2 meters) of separation isn’t possible.

“You walked with RIOTERS not sporting a masks fool,” a textual content learn, in line with a screenshot Lucas shared. “You need to swing from a tree, I’m not threatening it, however would like to see it.”

Lucas has joined in Kansas Metropolis protests sparked by the dying of George Floyd and different Black folks by the hands of police. Floyd died Could 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost eight minutes because the handcuffed man pleaded for air.

Lucas didn’t share the identify or variety of the one who allegedly despatched the texts, which included a racist slur and obscene language describing the Black mayor.

In a tweet concerning the texts, Lucas wrote, “let’s do higher.”

Masks as of Monday are required in Kansas Metropolis. The mandate will stay in place till not less than July 12.

It’s unclear if police are investigating the texts to the mayor as a menace. An Related Press request for remark to a Kansas Metropolis police spokesman wasn’t instantly returned Monday.

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