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USF police investigate Facebook comment seen as threat to Muslim speaker

  • [Linda Sarsour] – – TAMPA — A man who claimed to be a Florida Hospital employee posted a Facebook comment that some see as a threat against a Muslim-American activist who was set to speak Wednesday night at the University of South Florida.
  • Florida Hospital fielded a series of tweets and Facebook posts that demanded the firing of Wes Giuliano, including one from Shaun King, a New York-based Black Lives Matter activist and writer.
  • King’s tweet includes a screen shot of the Facebook comment from Giuliano, who identified himself on social media as an employee of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.
  • USF police said they investigated and determined the comment about New York-based activist Linda Sarsour did not warrant criminal charges but warned Giuliano he would be arrested if he sets foot on campus.
  • USF police learned of the Facebook comment Tuesday and contacted Giuliano, said Capt. Meg Ross, public information officer.

TAMPA — A man who claimed to be a Florida Hospital employee posted a Facebook comment that some see as a threat against a Muslim-American activist who was set to speak Wednesday night at the University of South Florida.

Linda Sarsour, who helped organize the Jan. 21 Women?€™s March in Washington the day after President Donald Trump?€™s inauguration, was scheduled to speak Wednesday at the University of South Florida. [Linda Sarsour]

TAMPA — A man who claimed to be a Florida Hospital employee posted a Facebook comment that some see as a threat against a Muslim-American activist who was set to speak Wednesday night at the University of South Florida.

Florida Hospital fielded a series of tweets and Facebook posts that demanded the firing of Wes Giuliano, including one from Shaun King, a New York-based Black Lives Matter activist and writer.

“Dear @FloridaHospital,” King tweeted on Tuesday. “What your employee, Wes Giuliano, says here is an illegal death threat. This cannot be accepted.”

King’s tweet includes a screen shot of the Facebook comment from Giuliano, who identified himself on social media as an employee of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

USF police said they investigated and determined the comment about New York-based activist Linda Sarsour did not warrant criminal charges but warned Giuliano he would be arrested if he sets foot on campus.

In the comment, Giuliano asks, “Any idea which hotel she’s staying at, the make/model/color of the car she’s riding into campus in, which entrance/exits she will be using, and whether or not she will be wearing any body…

USF police investigate Facebook comment seen as threat to Muslim speaker

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