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21 April 2017, 07:18 | Gladys Abbott
Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala Receives Noose in the Mail
The first letter was received March 20 after a clerk at the State Attorney's Office picked up mail and saw a racist message on an envelope addressed to Ayala, an incident report states.
The content of both letters was redacted by the Sheriff's Office.
When attorney Benjamin Crump, who represented Trayvon Martin's parents, posted a video on YouTube supporting Ayala, someone commented, calling her a racial slur, and then said she should pick cotton for the rest of her life and be whipped.
A week later, the office received another envelope filled with a noose made of twine.
Earlier this month, Florida Gov. Rick Scott removed Ayala from almost two dozen first-degree murder cases after she announced that her office would not pursue the death penalty against Markeith Loyd.
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Ayala is the first elected African-American state attorney in Florida history. Since Ayala announced her decision, she was removed from the Loyd case and 22 more first-degree murder cases by Gov. Rick Scott, who said she "won't fight for justice". "She believes that the hangman's noose was meant as a threat to her as a public official".
King is also named as defendant in Ayala's complaint, which alleges that this reassignment deprives the voters of Osceola and Orange counties of Ayala's representation in prosecuting crime.
"What has become abundantly clear through this process is that while I now do have discretion to pursue death sentences", Ayala said at the time, "I have determined that doing so is not in the best interest of this community or the best interest of justice".
Ayala is now suing Scott, claiming he can't remove her from the cases. These threats come after Ayala's decision to no longer pursue the death penalty against Markeith Loyd- a man who sent the police on an eight-day chase after shooting his pregnant girlfriend, Sade Dixon and Lt. Debra Clayton.
Before she publicly disclosed her position on the death penalty, Ayala sought advice from groups that oppose capital punishment, emails show.
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