Longfellow Park Obama threat: Is murdered cat a message for the president?

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Was the apparently murdered cat meant as a threat? Authorities believe it might've been.
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A burnt, dead cat found in a south Minneapolis park next to a Obama/Biden 2012 lawn sign is being investigated as a possible threat against the president.

Early this morning, the cat was found with a stake through its throat on the southern end of Longfellow Park. On top of the stake was an American flag; next to the stump on which the dead cat sat was the political sign.

According to the Star Tribune, after the murdered cat was discovered by a park employee, a variety of law enforcement agencies -- including the Secret Service, FBI, Homeland Security, and the MPD -- responded. No arrests in connection with the cat slaying and possible presidential threat have yet been made, and no explanatory note was found at the scene.

Today, the president began a three-day bus tour through Iowa. He'll spend some time this afternoon in Boone, Iowa, about 230 miles south of the Twin Cities.

An unnamed federal official told the Strib that threats against presidents are rare in this part of the country. That fact, coupled with Obama's current proximity to Minneapolis, may have influenced authorities to take the incident extra seriously.

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This smells like a democrat staged event. Last week they staged vandalism outside a Luther church to get the gay and lesbians riled up. Every year democrats are caught vandalizing their own headquarters.


The cat had a chip in it. Maybe they can use it to find out who the owner is and what type of political ties they have.

Kristy Snyder
Kristy Snyder

There will be a vigil this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Longfellow Park to renew the energy of the park and to condemn this act. Gary Schiff will speak. Please join us!

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

And now we know for a fact it can't vote! But seriously...that's messed up

swmnguy topcommenter

I think taking that as a threat against the President is a little extreme.  More of an incredibly offensive art installation, with potential animal cruelty implications (unless the cat was already dead).  I know dead cats have been used to harass African Americans before; I heard some appalling stories about what was done to basketball great Oscar Robertson in his college days in Cincinnati, involving dead cats.  So I don't think this really requires the attention of the Secret Service, but it might justify some watchfulness in the Longfellow neighborhood.  You've got a sicko running around.

Grant Frazier
Grant Frazier

Why did the cat need to be involved in this he can't even vote?

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