Hanover Police boost security for Yang campaign event following death threats

Staff Report
Published: 12/4/2019 9:56:53 PM
Modified: 12/5/2019 1:55:40 PM

HANOVER — Hanover Police provided security at an Andrew Yang event this week after the Democratic presidential candidate received online death threats.

Police Chief Charlie Dennis said three officers were sent as protection during a Yang town hall forum at the Richard W. Black Community Center in Hanover, which started at 7 p.m. Monday, though he said they didn’t see anything suspicious.

The extra security was a precautionary measure after Yang, 40, received threats via email regarding “specific public events,” according to Yang’s national press secretary S.Y. Lee.

“Due to certain specific information contained in the emails, and out of an abundance of caution, we immediately contacted the FBI and local enforcement,” Lee wrote in an email Wednesday.

He declined to say when the threats were sent and what was included in the messages.

However, political news website The Hill reported Tuesday that the emails were sent from someone going by the name “HitmanYang.” The site reported that the emails included plans to shoot members of Yang’s campaign and that multiple people were involved in the plan.

Yang just completed a tour around several New Hampshire communities this week, holding talks in Keene and Hanover on Monday, and at the Kendal at Hanover retirement community on Tuesday. He finished of f the tour with appearances in New London and Manchester.


Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang held a town hall forum at the Richard W. Black Community Center in Hanover on Monday evening. An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified where he spoke that night. 

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