Barrington Police Probe Possible Online Threat

BARRINGTON, R.I. (AP) – Police call it a possible threat. Civil libertarians say it's constitutionally protected free speech.

Barrington Police Chief John LaCross says his department is investigating a comment left on a local newspaper's website that appears to suggest that Town Manager Peter DeAngelis will be
poisoned when he attends a church festival later this month. The message in part, said “You better check what is in that meatball sandwich that you are eating.”

LaCross says he's asking the Barrington Times, which first reported the investigation, for records to determine who posted the message.

Steven Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union, tells The Providence Journal that while crude, the message was not an outright threat, and therefore
protected.

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