Police in Opelika, Ala. announced Tuesday (Sept. 20) that an investigation is underway to find who posted a “racially inflammatory” message on Facebook threatening to shoot Black people at the Lee County Fair in October.
“Opelika Police take threats like these very seriously and appreciate the public sharing this information with us,” a statement posted on Facebook said.
Authorities didn’t share the threatening post or identify a suspect to not “give this individual the attention they are clearly seeking.”
But according to Al.com, the message stated that the individual and his friends “are coming to [the] Opelika Alabama fair to kill every NEGRO that we lay eye contact on so be prepared. WHITE POWER.” The user’s profile included the Confederate battle flag.
The department said it will provide additional officers at the fair for safety.