Sign Urging to Kill Mainstream Media CEOs Investigated by Louisiana Police

A cardboard sign found zip-tied to a metal post in Louisiana contained a strongly worded threat to kill media bosses, accusing the industry of pushing an "evil agenda" and promising a revolution.

An alarmed homeowner found the sign on Roselawn Drive in the Brentwood subdivision of Lafayette and alerted police on Saturday.

"Kill on Site, CEO's For Evil agenda CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, Facebook and Twitter. Revolution has started," the sign read, as reported by KLFY. "Patriots Act! Give us Freedom or Give us Death."

Lafayette Police spokesperson Sergeant Wayne Griffin said officers are investigating the incident, confirming they were now in the possession of the "strongly worded" sign.

The sign read: "Kill on Site, CEO's for evil agenda CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, Facebook and Twitter. The Revolution has started."

— KAMC News (@KAMCNews) January 10, 2021

"We're still talking to residents to see if they've seen any suspicious activity," Griffin told the Acadiana Advocate. "And we'll be reviewing video from private residences to see if anyone approached the street sign or whatever."

There are currently no suspects and officers are unsure which charges would or could apply to the person or people responsible for the sign.

"There are a few charges that could apply," Griffin said. "I don't know if terrorism would fit, but we'd find the appropriate charge."

Newsweek has contacted the Lafayette Police Department and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office for comment.

The incident comes in the context of ongoing tension among conspiracy theorists and supporters of Donald Trump, fuelled by a growing distrust in mainstream media outlets.

It also follows days of violent protests across the nation, including in the capital.

While lawmakers were participating in a joint session of Congress to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, protesters descended upon the Capitol Building on Wednesday January 6.

The mob breached the perimeter of law enforcement officials stationed outside and began flooding in, triggering a lockdown as evacuated lawmakers sheltered in place.

Trump himself has been accused of aiding the violence by airing allegations that the election had been "stolen" from him.

After lawmakers on both sides of the aisle called upon Trump to condemn the violence in the nation's capital, the president posted a video on social media that encouraged his protesters to "go home" and repeated his assertion the election result was unlawful.

Twitter also announced Wednesday evening it had locked the president's Twitter account due to "repeated and severe violations" of the company's Civic Integrity policy.

The social media company said in a series of tweets that Trump's account was to remain locked for at least 12 hours. If additional violations occur after the account is unlocked, the president's account may be "permanently suspended," Twitter said.

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File photo: A sticker calling for change is attached to a light pole at an intersection in Ferguson, Missouri. A cardboard sign was found zip-tied to a metal post in Louisiana contained a strongly worded threat to kill media bosses over the weekend. Scott Olson/Getty