Man charged with threatening to kill governor

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An Albuquerque cannabis dispensary employee has been charged in federal court with making internet threats to kill Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham after she announced the closing of all schools and a ban on large public gatherings because of the threat posed by the coronavirus.

Daniel Logan Mock, 33, had his initial appearance in federal court Wednesday on two counts of interstate communication of threats.

According to a criminal complaint filed by FBI agents, New Mexico State Police notified them of threats posted on a Facebook page operated by Lujan Grisham’s office.

“Time to pick up your rifles and kill this governor so we can re-establish the constitution as law of New Mexico. I’m done with corrupt government. They will serve the people or die,” was one comment the FBI said Mock posted on the governor’s Facebook page on March 13.

According to the complaint, Mock also posted another comment the same day threatening to “kill all police and government officials who are in violation of the constitution. All officers who respond will be executed for Tyranny. So ask yourself is violating my rights worth your life? Cause I have no fear of killing bad men and dying for the people.”

Earlier in the month, Mock posted a comment on the governor’s Facebook page that said, “There is never going to be a case. Focus your energy on more important things like tickets for the police who violated traffic and parking laws. That is why we are going to execute you.”

According to the complaint, the FBI spent days tracking down the ownership of the account holder, the phone on which the threats were made and where they were made from.

They finally located Mock at a Downtown Albuquerque medical cannabis shop where he worked. State Police officers contacted Mock’s girlfriend, who told them Mock had posted the comments on the governor’s Facebook account but that he was only “blowing off steam.”

The complaint states that Mock had tried to buy firearms in 2014 and 2016 but was denied by licensed firearms dealers.

In June 2019, the FBI received information about Mock when he posted on Oath Keepers Facebook page praising Brian Isaack Clyde, 22, who was shot and killed by law enforcement after Clyde opened fire at the federal courthouse in Dallas, Texas.

Clyde was the only person to die in that shooting. Mock called him a “hero” in his Facebook post and called on more people to attack government targets.

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