Texas man accused of threatening prominent doctor for his defense of Covid vaccine

Texas man accused of threatening prominent doctor for his defense of Covid vaccine

The statements in the alleged text to Wen included a reference to her gender and perceived ethnicity and said, “Never going to take your wonder drug.” She also recently authored a book, “Lifelines: A Doctor’s Journey in the Fight for Public Health.” Harris also allegedly wrote, “I’m a 5th general U.S. Army veteran and a sniper.. I can’t wait for the shooting to start.. I hope you are ready.. .. where’s your office?”

NBC affiliate WBAL of Baltimore identified the victim as Dr. Leana Wen, the former Baltimore City Health Commissioner and onetime national president of Planned Parenthood. She did not immediately respond when contacted through the Brookings Institution, where she’s a nonresident senior fellow. Dr Leana Wen, health commissioner for the Baltimore City Health Department, speaks to the media, on March 19, 2015.Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images file

Wen said on MSNBC in 2020 that testing and vaccination were the primary ways out of the coronavirus pandemic for the United States. “We now know what it takes to control Covid-19,” she said. It says he “knowingly and willingly transmitted in interstate commerce a threat to injure the person of another” on July 12. In a statement the DOJ alleged Harris texted the threats to the victim, identified in the indictment only as “Dr. L.W., who had been a vocal proponent” of vaccination.

The Justice Department said he was due in federal court in Plano, Texas, on Wednesday. If Harris is successfully prosecuted he could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. Dennis Romero It wasn’t clear if Harris had legal representation. The office of the federal public defender in Maryland didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

The FBI investigated the case. A U.S. Army spokesman said he could only verify Harris’ military claims if he had his date of birth or at least part of his Social Security number. The U.S. Attorney for Maryland, Erek L. Barron, said in a statement Tuesday, “We take seriously threats and intimidation, and this charge makes clear that such conduct will be prosecuted federally.”

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