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Police make arrest after threat of violence at Sanders rally

August 6, 2019

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Long Beach police arrested a man after he allegedly posted an online threat of violence connected to a scheduled Sen. Bernie Sanders rally in the city on Tuesday.

Detectives arrested 27-year-old Jose Rafael Guzman of Huntington Park, a Los Angeles suburb, on Monday, the Long Beach Police Department said in a statement.

He was booked for criminal threats and threatening a public officer.

“We take all potential threats of violence very seriously and thoroughly investigate all reported incidents,” Chief Robert Luna said in a statement. “Our department will remain vigilant and continue to be visible to ensure the safety of our community.”

The department did not provide details about the nature of the online threat.

Police said Guzman was released after posting bail.

There was no phone listing under Guzman’s name in Huntington Park. It wasn’t immediately known if he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf.

Long Beach police scheduled extra patrols in high visibility areas following a string of fatal mass shootings in the U.S. in recent days.

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