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West Sacramento mayor threatened on Facebook

11:50 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon is on high alert after a threat was made against him on Facebook.

The post begins with the poster accusing Cabaldon of selling the city's groundwater and then called Cabaldon by numerous gay slurs. The post ends with the man threatening Cabaldon a confrontation with he and his father at the next town meeting.

Cabaldon, who is openly gay, said he does not know the poster. Cabaldon said he is not friends with the poster on Facebook and only saw the post because he was tagged.

Cabaldon responded to it on his personal Facebook page and on Twitter: "When writing to me, please spell f***** correctly & (to be fair) only threaten me with one on one physical assault."

Cabaldon, mayor of 16 years, understands he's an easy target for threats and letters of hate. But this one was a little different.

"My first reaction was to make light of it. That's what I do," Cabaldon said. "I try to understand that people have different ways of talking, but as I re-read it a couple of times, I realized there was something more serious here and so I let the police department know just as a matter of standard procedure that a threat has been made and they take it from there."

West Sacramento police are also aware of the threat. One of the officers apparently also saw it on Facebook and wrote a report; they are waiting to speak with Cabaldon.

Cabaldon said he also spoke out about this because he wants others to be aware and on the lookout for hateful messages and bullying that may be made against others who may not hold public positions like him.

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