Councilman Threatened In Racist E-Mail 6-28-2010 - WSMV News 4

Councilman Threatened In Racist E-Mail 6-28-2010

A Murfreesboro man was arrested after he was accused of sending a racist e-mail to a Clarksville councilman. Clarksville Councilman David Allen received the message via his city e-mail address.

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“The whole thing was just full of the N-word and coon and f'in' this and f'in' that. It was just bad," said Allen.
At the end of the message was also a threat, so Allen took the message to police.
“It’s important not just for me but for all elected officials to know you just can't do those things. You can cross the line, and if you cross the line, there are consequences to pay,” said Allen.
The title of the e-mail was Clarksville Speedway. Allen had proposed a noise ordinance that would have put an end to late-night racing at the track.
Many racing fans didn’t like the proposal, and one person was so mad he sent the e-mail.
“It’s one thing to say, 'I disagree with you.' It’s one thing to say, 'You’re sorry, you’re pitiful, you’re no good, I’m going to vote you out.' That’s one thing, but then to attack a person and make threats, that’s taking it to another level,” said Allen.
Police arrested Murfreesboro resident Andrew Gardonia for the threats and charged him with two counts of harassment and one count of civil rights intimidation.
Allen said he isn't intimidated by the threat and is continuing to pursue the noise ordinance.
Gardonia's next court date is scheduled for July 8 in the Montgomery County Courthouse.
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