Wichita Musician Arrested For Allegedly Threatening to Kidnap and Kill Mayor Over Opposition to ‘Masks and Tyranny’

A man in Wichita, Kansas was arrested Friday for allegedly threatening to kidnap and kill the city’s Mayor because of his staunch opposition to a pandemic-related health ordinance requiring people to wear face masks in indoor public areas.

The Wichita Police Department confirmed that officers had taken 59-year-old Meredith Dowty, a retired Wichita City firefighter, into custody after being alerted to threatening statements directed at Mayor Brandon Whipple, a Democrat.

Dowty, who was allegedly motivated by his opposition to “masks and tyranny,” was booked into Sedgwick County Jail at 6:05 p.m. on Friday and is likely facing a charge of criminal threat, the Wichita Eagle reported.

According to the report, Whipple learned of the threats after being read a
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