KERNERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The FBI says it’s looking into reports of death threats made against Muslims during a meeting of conservative activists in North Carolina.
Local news outlets report Monday the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked federal authorities to look into a meeting last week in Kernersville where a group listened to a guest speaker talk about the Muslim Brotherhood.
In audio posted on alternative newspaper Triad City Beat’s website, someone says, “Any recommendations on how we can stop this? Because my only recommendation is to start killing the hell out of them.”
The comment follows a conversation about Muslims who the speaker suggests are trying to take over the United States.
In a statement provided to news outlets, the FBI said it’s tracking down the meeting’s participants to gauge the severity of potential threats.
The FBI is aware of news media stories about a recent meeting in North Carolina where comments were reportedly made against the Muslim community. We are working with our local law enforcement partners to determine if a federal violation involving threats of violence that is not speech protected under the First Amendment has occurred. The safety and security of our citizens is a priority for the FBI and we have been in contact with local community leaders to assure them we take potential threats of violence very seriously.”