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Ward candidate: FBI asked me about alleged Davis threat

A community activist running for alderman says he was questioned by an FBI agent about alleged threats made against Rep. Danny Davis.

Over the weekend, Davis told reporters his office had received a threat saying he’s “next,” an apparent reference to Saturday’s shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., that left six dead and the gunman’s apparent target — Arizona U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords — wounded along with several others.

Mark Carter, an activist on the city’s West Side who is running for 24th Ward alderman, said he was questioned Monday afternoon inside a McDonald’s at Kedzie and Roosevelt.

While he’s been critical of Davis, Carter told the Sun-Times what he told investigators: He has never threatened the congressman with harm.

The FBI agent did all the talking, while a Chicago police officer, dressed in street clothes, sat quietly.

“I basically asked them, ‘Am I under arrest?,’ and they said, ‘We want to question you about allegations against you,’” Carter told the Sun-Times.

“He was asking me, have I ever threatened him? Or has it been perceived that you threatened him? I told him ‘I’ve never threatened him,’ Carter said.

Carter was not arrested or charged with any crime.

Investigators told Carter they were directed to look at a YouTube video called “Selling out the community” as evidence of Carter and his friends’ continued protest of Davis. In the undated video, Carter and several others walk in on Davis, state Sen. Rickey Hendon (D-Chicago), former Chicago Schools CEO Arne Duncan — now President Obama’s Education Secretary — as well as the late School Board President Michael Scott — meeting and eating in a rear room of the now closed West Side eatery, Edna’s.

After Carter pressed the group about the nature of the meeting — and whether it’s about a school closing — Davis can be seen picking up his cellphone and calling police about “intruders” who have interrupted the meeting.

In a second video clip, Davis asks the men to turn off the camera and walks out. Ultimately, management asked Carter and his entourage to leave the restaurant.

“He knows damn well, I don’t threaten [people’s lives],” Carter said of Davis. “I don’t want anything to happen to him.” Carter says he’s criticized Davis because “he’s incompetent, and he’s done nothing for the community, but it’s not to the point of physical.”

Chicago police Lt. Maureen Biggane refused comment.

While Chicago police refused to comment, the Chicago office of the FBI confirms it’s spearheading an investigation in to the alleged threat against Davis. Spokesman Ross Rice said he couldn’t comment about who is being questioned.

“The matter has been referred to us,” Rice said. “We are investigating. No one has been arrested, no one has been charged.”

A Davis spokeswoman did not return a call for comment.



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