Augusta man arrested for threats against Commission made on Facebook

Augusta man arrested for threats against Commission made on Facebook
Posts allegedly made by James Palmer on Augusta Political Watch Facebook group (WFXG)
Posts allegedly made by James Palmer on Augusta Political Watch Facebook group (WFXG)

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - An Augusta man has been arrested after investigators say he made threats against the Augusta Commission on Facebook.

On Sept. 24, the Richmond County Sheriff's Office was notified by a member of the Commission about the alleged threat. The threats, allegedly made by 59-year-old James Palmer of Augusta on the Augusta Political Watch Facebook group, threaten bodily harm against commissioners.

The posts read:

Get rid of Mercy Ministries and the Crack houses and downtown will bloom on its own!
Start by splitting each commissioner's throats with a box cutter and make sure that they bleed out before any chance of survival.
Would I like to see the Augusta commission snuffed out? Yes, I would!

Investigators spoke with Palmer, who told them he made the posts. He also said he used the wrong choice of words, but would never harm anyone.

Palmer was arrested and booked into the Charles B. Webster Detention Center, charged with terroristic threats and acts.

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