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Man charged in making death threats to gay mayor, socialist council member

Saturday, January 25, 2014

SEATTLE — A 32-year-old Seattle man accused of posting threats on Facebook against Seattle’s openly gay mayor and a socialist City Council member has been charged with malicious harassment, felony harassment and two counts of cyberstalking.

Seattle Times Mitchell Munro Taylor

Seattle Times
Mitchell Munro Taylor

Mitchell Munro Taylor was arrested Jan. 16, two days after Mayor Ed Murray’s staff found more than 20 threatening, anti-gay postings from the man’s account on Murray’s Facebook page, court documents said.

One post said “Mayor, meet Harvey Milk,” a reference to a gay rights activist and San Francisco board of supervisors member who was fatally shot in 1978.

Another post said “death to socialist council member.” Kshama Sawant wasn’t named but police say they think she was the target because she is the only socialist on the council.

The posts “include many homophobic slurs, a description of killing babies, rape and death references, and several menacing references to Harvey Milk,” King County Senior Deputy Prosecutor Gary Ernsdorff wrote in charging documents.

Taylor remains jailed on $600,000 bail, reported The Seattle Times.

At an initial hearing last week, defense lawyer Eric Lindell said Taylor has Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. The man has no criminal record.

According to an affidavit filed in court, the mayor told police he found the comments very offensive and considered some to be death threats. The same document said Sawant told police she was concerned for her safety and the safety of her family.

Both were elected last November and sworn in earlier this month.

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55 more reader comments:

  1. Not to mention the vile behavior, but HOW STUPID ARE THESE PEOPLE to post threats on Facebook? Dumbass. Off to the county jail with you, idiot.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:34pm
  2. All this hate filled rhetoric… Throw the book at the bastard.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:35pm
  3. Die Bastard!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:35pm
  4. Dummer than dirt.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:37pm
  5. just being jailed isn’t going to be enough, i have seen cases like this where people were jailed for stalking, then they get out and do the same thing. Sometimes people actually get killed by these people. jail time only lets their obsession grow stronger.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:38pm
  6. Its kind of stupid to make fun of gay mayors on the west coast. Bitch please, you’re in OUR neighborhood.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:38pm
  7. He shouldn’t be hating gay folks we’re all human

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:38pm
  8. He is possibly sub-human.

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:18pm
  9. well he is a ginger...so..yah..maybe?

    Replied on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 6:32am
  10. I agree with you Jeremy Imm

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:39pm
  11. I can’t see hating anyone because of who we are

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:40pm
  12. Hah! What a donk.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:41pm
  13. Clearly people are too dumb to figure out that law enforcement also uses Facebook. What an idiot.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:44pm
  14. He seems disturbed.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:45pm
  15. There is a lot of hate speech on Facebook. Those who allow such speech in comments made on their pages should caution those who make such comments that they are not acceptablen

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:45pm
  16. He needs to move to GOPville.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:50pm
  17. redneck’s, you are not going to win this fight….Leave it alone

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:51pm
  18. no they are not!!!

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:38pm
  19. brian you don't believe human rights

    Replied on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:41pm
  20. This hate for people that u dont even know seems silly

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:51pm
  21. So the lawyer says he has a form of Autism, that is very unfortunate and I feel for people who have to live and adapt with it but you are an absolute dick if you think he deserves leniency because of that disability.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:52pm
  22. Its funny how white men have issues with interracial men, women and gay men but they don’t have a problem with the white man (unless its someone that thinks and supports things that they don’t think and support). What a rather unnecessary war we have.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:54pm
  23. We HAVE to take threats like this seriously, even if the person has mental health issues of some kind! Hateful and threatening words have all too often led to violence

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:55pm
  24. Cute nose, I have to say.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 9:58pm
  25. This seems to be on the uprise. There have been numerous death threats against Wendy Davis on Greg Abbott’s facebook page, he not only refuses to rebuke such activity, but refuses to remove the trash from his page. In essence condoning this behavior.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:03pm
  26. Good lord, he looks like he had a hard time coming through the birth canal. WHAT IS WRONG with the shape of that man’s head & face?!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:13pm
  27. Some nose on him !

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:30pm
  28. Threats from people with mental disorders should be taken very seriously, it’s easy for them to convince themselves to do things that they otherwise wouldn’t do if there was no disorder at all. Religion, there’s another disorder.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:38pm
  29. Dumb motherfucker, lol. I don’t think people understand that while you have your 1st amendment there are consequences to speaking freely- and death threats/hate speech does not come under your 1st amendment anyway!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:40pm
  30. he can move if he’s unhappy

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:43pm
  31. Major jail time for this asshole!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:53pm
  32. SICK!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:03pm
  33. Sucks to be a reactionary whacko in Seattle.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:06pm
  34. He’s probably thinking…..I am an ass, what was I thinking. Well, lets just say that he wasn’t thinking at all.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:08pm
  35. I hope he get his ass fuck while he is in jail

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:13pm
  36. there is not need to disrespect anyone regardless

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:17pm
  37. You play. You pay.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:21pm
  38. Good!!!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 11:59pm
  39. the irony is, he will be a good bottom bitch for bubba in prison

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:06am
  40. Regardless of his mental condition a person who would do something like this is a danger to society. Sad that his autism plays a part in all of this. It may be that he picked up on the comments of others and repeated them thinking it was okay. :(

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:42am
  41. Good I hope he gets life

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:56am
  42. THE HATE PARADE

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:58am
  43. Good! Totally unacceptable and criminal behavior.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 1:53am
  44. When was the last time,for example, a gay politician made death threats? Though certainly it could be understandable, given the hateful venom many of out foes spew.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:15am
  45. Hmmm…sad

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:16am
  46. I guess this is ok because he wants to kill a gay person this is nuts!!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 2:47am
  47. He absolutely is a representation of the conservative right. He’s following their instructions.

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:05am
  48. He has a reduced frontal lobe! He’s insane!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:45am
  49. He’s a special Kind of Stupid….LOL

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:26am
  50. Bubba is so pleased, he’s besides himself !!

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:39am
  51. someone had to have taught him or he’s gay and not comfortable with his own skin…poor bastard

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:12am
  52. Sick people in the world

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:35am
  53. I’m not losing my freedom for anyone

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 7:36am
  54. Castration and Electroshock theropy 20 times daily, enhanced interrogation techiques, mutilation. ..you know, what we do to foreign terrorists. ..

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:20am
  55. Really? What an idiot

    Posted on Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 12:50pm