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Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple: A man accused of making a threat of a coup against the mayor

Meredith Dowty, 59, is facing a criminal threat after officials “alerted to threatening statements directed at the city of Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple,” according to a Wichita police statement.

Whipple told CNN that he periodically gets threats, but the details of “this one seem different.”

He said a detective called him and read the text messages “sent to someone who knew this person, but also knew me.” The Wichita Eagle reports that the texts were originally sent to another city official.

The mayor said he did not have a copy of the messages. However, he recalled that “it was anger at the masked ordinance we went through. Anger, I think, was just Covid in general.”


“Obviously the person (who sent the texts) was furious, but also very detailed on what they wanted to do,” he added. “They want the address, my address.

“And also, this threat is more specific about kidnapping me and cutting my throat,” he said. “That’s what I read. They’re graphic.”

The Wichita Police Department statement did not elaborate on the alleged threat. It said the investigation is ongoing and will be shown to the district attorney.

The Wichita Eagle reported that Dowty was a retired city firefighter honored by the city council in 2008 for helping rescue a police officer who was shot in the line of duty.

The City of Wichita approved an ordinance in July requiring people to wear face masks in public spaces and extended the ordinance last month.

Correction: An earlier version of this story did not properly describe the charge against Meredith Dowty. He was arrested on a criminal charge.

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